Apply to Women in Leadership Development (WILD) by JULY 1

Our time is now. It is time for us to break barriers and dive into leadership development in our union and our communities.

Calling all Indigenous, Black, and racialized CUPE women, it is time to apply to CUPE Ontario’s new Women’s Leadership Program!

At the 2019 CUPE Ontario Convention, members adopted the Anti-Racism Organization Action Plan (AROAP) with the goal to address the systemic underrepresentation and exclusion of Indigenous, Black and racialized members in our union.

Following two years of COVID restrictions, CUPE Ontario is launching the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program for Indigenous, Black, and racialized women.

WILD is a radical new leadership program set to start in the Summer of 2022. This new training will equip Indigenous, Black, and racialized women to further think and act strategically and critically, build capacity to communicate with confidence, take risks and build bridges.

Most importantly, it will inspire us to be the creative and courageous leaders the movement needs.

The program will consist of:

  • An in-person 5-day session in August 2022
  • A leadership project
  • Working with a mentor
  • A closing weekend session in Spring 2023

We are looking for members from affiliated locals who:

  • Have lived experience as a woman who is Indigenous, Black, or racialized
  • Bring leadership experience or are new activists
  • Come from across the province and sectors
While we’re really excited to have people participate in this program, in our first year, the training will be offered in English.

This application is now live and will close July 1 2022.

Contact if you have any questions or need more information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Apply Now

Workers’ Day of Mourning

April 28, 2022 marks the third Workers’ Day of Mourning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 40 years ago, CUPE members created this day to remember workers who lost their lives on the job and to inspire others to advocate to prevent further tragedies.

Although most provinces are rolling back public health measures, we know that workers need different rules to keep them safe at work.

Workers must continue to push their employers to prevent exposure to COVID. Measures to increase ventilation, limit capacity, and prevent COVID positive people from entering the workplace must remain in force. Employers need to provide adequate sick time for workers to recover from all illnesses. And when workers must do their job in proximity to people with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID, adequate personal protective equipment must be provided and required.

Unacceptable losses

Workers in Canada continue to be killed at a completely unacceptable rate. The most recent available statistics show that nearly 1,000 workers are killed on the job each year – a number that does not include claims rejected by compensation boards.

This year, we remember the following CUPE members who died because of work in 2021:

  • Antonio Gaerlan, CUPE 145 Ontario
  • Debbie Korhonen-Barrette, CUPE 3440, Ontario
  • Mark Dennis, CUPE 1334, Ontario
  • Tom Thomas, CUPE 5430, Saskatchewan
  • Lisa Higginbotham, CUPE 3730, Saskatchewan

Remembering your four rights

The Day of Mourning was created by CUPE members 40 years ago to remember those who lost their lives on the job and to inspire other workers to advocate to prevent further tragedies.

As trade unionists, it is our responsibility to continue this fight. We must ensure that all workers know about the four workers’ rights enshrined in every health and safety law in the country:

  • The right to refuse work you believe is unsafe until an investigation can be carried out;
  • The right to participate in deciding what is safe in the workplace and to report hazards;
  • The right to information on any hazard in the workplace that may cause harm, and how to prevent that harm;
  • The right to be free from reprisal for carrying out any of the other rights or any other requirement of health and safety law.

The role of health and safety committees

Employers across Canada must provide a healthy and safe workplace. Employers are legally obligated to collaborate with workers on health and safety committees to highlight issues and find safe solutions.

Unfortunately, for the past two years, health and safety committees have been under attack. CUPE members are reporting several reoccurring problems, from meetings being perpetually cancelled, to employers appointing union representatives and purposefully scuttling committee efforts.

We must remember that the health and safety committee is our forum to raise issues and make recommendations to employers. To that end, we need to re-double our efforts to build our capacity, to ensure that we document hazards, keep careful records, and report back to members when our employers refuse to remove hazards or control risks from hazards that cannot be removed. When all else fails, we need to ensure our documented concerns are sent to governmental inspectors so that workers stay safe.

OSBCU-OPAN Parent Caregiver Consultation | Consultation des parents et des soignants du CSCSO-Réseau d’action des parents de l’Ontario

Greetings / Bonjour,

Please forward as widely as possible to all CUPE members! | Veuillez transmettre le plus largement possible à tous les membres du SCFP!


To:      CUPE members and staff from across all sectors in Ontario with school age kids and/or concerned about the impact of Provincial Government underfunding on public schools

À:       Les membres et le personnel du SCFP de tous les secteurs de l’Ontario ayant

des enfants d’âge scolaire et/ou préoccupés par l’impact du sous-financement du

gouvernement provincial sur les écoles publiques:     


Date:   April 7, 2022 | Le 7 avril 2022

RE:     OSBCU-OPAN Parent Caregiver Consultation / Consultation des parents et des soignants du CSCSO-Réseau d’action des parents de l’Ontario

[Français à suivre ci-dessous]

You are invited to a parent and family consultation about education worker bargaining on Wednesday April 20, 2022, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Please take 5 minutes to send this invitation to 5 family and friends! Please register in advance for the meeting at this link: Meeting Registration – Zoom


Vous êtes invités à une consultation des parents et des familles au sujet de la négociation des travailleurs de l’éducation sur Mercredi 20 avril 2022 de 19h00 à 21h00. Veuillez prendre 5 minutes pour envoyer cette invitation à 5 membres de votre famille et amis! Veuillez-vous inscrire à l’avance à la réunion à ce lien: Inscription à une réunion – Zoom

Breanna O’Donnell
Clerical Support

CUPE Ontario Regional Office
80 Commerce Valley Dr. E
Markham, ON L3T 0B2

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