International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 is “Not All Disabilities Are Visible.” CUPE recognizes the important message behind this theme. As workers and activists, we need to understand that not all disabilities are immediately noticeable – from mental illness to learning differences, diabetes, chronic pain, cognitive dysfunction and much more.

CUPE strongly supports a disability rights agenda. This commitment on the part of our union is even more urgent given the current pandemic.

COVID-19 has heightened the call for action to make Canada more inclusive, equitable and accessible. Persons with disabilities are at greater risk of contracting the virus and have a higher mortality rate than those who do not have disabilities. New safety protocols have posed additional challenges and concerns for persons with disabilities, impacting access to full participation in society. For marginalized communities that include women, Black, Indigenous, racialized and LGBTQ2+ people, these impacts are even more disproportionate.

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CUPE Connects!

Join us on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 pm for CUPE Connects Webisode 6: From Land Acknowledgements to Land Back—Supporting Indigenous Communities.

Read the panelist’s biographies, pose your questions, and register by clicking here.

Across Canada and specifically in Ontario, Indigenous people are under renewed attacks on their land and treaty rights.

Learn from a panel of Indigenous activists and leaders about the steps you and your local can take to support Indigenous communities and move toward reconciliation.

Bill 13 – Time to Care Act

 

After over a decade of work campaigning for a 4-hour legislated care standard for residents in long-term care, Bill 13, the Time to Care Act, has passed second reading under a Conservative majority government. There have been times along the way when our goal seemed unreachable – but we never gave up hope.

The Bill will now go to committee, then come back to the Ontario Legislature for 3rd reading before it becomes law.

Let’s be clear: Bill 13 passed second reading because of the work of CUPE members like you. Members across the province have met with, called, emailed, and tweeted at MPPs urging them to vote in favour of Bill 13 at second reading. For years, you have taken part in e-actions, written letters, and participated in rallies. You have made it impossible for MPPs from all parties to ignore the crisis in long-term care.

We know we have work to do to ensure that Bill 13 is not stalled at committee, and we need to make sure that it passes third reading. We need to make sure that 4 hours is calculated on hours worked and not hours paid.

But right now we want to celebrate this tremendous win for seniors and long-term care residents in our province. Together, we can make sure that 4 hours of hands-on care becomes law, improving living conditions for Ontario long-term care residents and improving working conditions for our members.