Fed up with the rich getting richer, while workers struggle to get by?
We are too. We're done with waiting.
We’re taking action in communities across Ontario. Because enough is enough.
Here are our demands:
REAL WAGE INCREASES As the cost of living increases, wages are staying the same. Here’s what we need to do.
LEARN MORE Raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Permanently repeal Bill 124, the legislation cutting the pay of healthcare workers. End poverty wages across the board. Double Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rates. Restore and expand decent work laws, including Paid Sick Days and equal pay for equal work. Make it easier for workers to join a union.
See all our demands here and sign the petition!
Water is life
CUPE’s Water is Life campaign raises awareness about the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples, and shows how CUPE members can listen, learn and act.
Image : Aaron Paquette .
Ontario Health Coalition
Our communities have spent a hundred years fundraising & volunteering to support our local public hospitals & build services closer to home. On January 16, Premier Doug Ford announced plans to take thousands of surgeries & diagnostic tests out of our local public hospitals and privatize them to for-profit hospitals & clinics. At any time, this would be devastating to our community hospitals. Currently, with our hospitals desperately short-staffed, this will take vital nurses, health professionals, doctors, and the funding for them away from our public hospitals and transfer them to for-profit clinics and hospitals, leaving our community hospitals with fewer staff, fewer services and fewer resources. Without question, this is the privatization of the core services of our local public hospitals.
There is another option. Virtually every community hospital in Ontario has operating rooms that are closed down in evenings, on weekends, for weeks or months each year or even permanently. We have the operating rooms. Our public hospitals simply do not have the funding and support to staff them. Ontario is dead last in Canada in funding our public hospitals. We have the lowest funding of any province in the country and the fewest nurses per patient anywhere in Canada. Even if our government funded our hospitals to the average of the rest of Canada, we would clear the backlogs and wait lists for surgeries and diagnostic tests in our local public hospitals.
We are organizing a citizen-led community opinion vote, like a public referendum at the end of May. We are asking Ontarians to vote whether or not they want our local public hospitals’ services to be privatized to for-profit hospitals and clinics. The referendum will be held in community voting stations, at tables staffed by volunteers outside -- or if appropriate inside -- local businesses, coffee shops, busy stores, service clubs, places of worship, legions and as many places as possible, measuring public opinion on the plan to cut and privatize our local public hospitals’ services.
Click here to vote in our referendum and say no to private health care making a killing in Ontario.
Inflation in January 2022 reached a high of over 5 per cent. This is putting pressure on the Bank of Canada to increase interest rates.
Most economists think inflation is caused by too much money in the economy. Central banks try to solve this problem by raising interest rates. Raising interest rates makes borrowing money more expensive and increases returns on savings. This causes consumers and businesses to delay spending and to borrow less. As a result, there is less money moving around in the economy and inflation decreases.
However, the inflation we’re seeing today is not being fueled by an excess of money. It is the result of supply chain disruptions and pandemic uncertainty. For workers, this situation will only compound the negative effects of increased interest rates.
There are several ways rising interest rates may affect CUPE members. Click hereto read more.
Rising prices pad corporate profits
Workers seeking wage increases often get blamed for inflation, but right now people are asking questions about the role of corporate profits in rising prices.
Some large multinational corporations have been very open with their investors that price increases are resulting in higher revenue. In 2021, multinational Proctor & Gamble said that they needed to raise prices to offset increased costs and uncertainty. But in January 2022, they reported to shareholders that their revenue in the last three months of 2021 actually had been up 6 per cent from the year before. This news prompted their stock price to go up, leading to even more profit for senior executives and shareholders.
How can companies get away with higher than necessary price increases during a global pandemic? And why do they feel comfortable drawing attention to their skyrocketing profits? Click here to find out more.
Universal Drug Plan
While we are all proud of our universal health care, Canada is the only developed country with universal health insurance that does not also offer universal prescription drug coverage. A common explanation for this hole is our system is that the cost of such a program would be prohibitive. Research is coming to light from some universities and stakeholders in the health care system that a nationwide pharmacare program could save Canadians billions of dollars and be cost neutral or even cost savings for governments. These cost savings can be realized due to the economies of scale taking into account drug price negotiations and better product selection. With drug costs rising quickly, sometimes even exponentially overnight, having a nationwide pharmacare system would place Canada in a better position to negotiate lower prices in the future for expensive treatments.
Five pharmaceutical companies said they have filed a complaint in a Canadian court challenging the constitutionality of new Canadian regulations meant to lower patented drug prices, setting up a fight with the federal government. All five firms said the 10 provinces have always had the authority to regulate the prices of medicines, not the federal government. Click here for more info.