Join us on October 20 at 6:30 pm for CUPE Connects Webisode 5: Reimagining the Future—A Just Recovery for All.
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On the front lines across the province, workers continue to risk their lives to keep people safe, and to keep services running for the good of the public. COVID-19 isn’t the only pandemic we’re fighting.
From our workplaces, to our homes, workers are under attack. In a time when we need to invest in our public services, we are facing austerity measures from the Ford government and an agenda of privatization that will leave young workers further and further behind. But the path to recovery does not have to be this way.
We know that in order for there to be economic recovery we need to centre our most marginalized communities. We need to eliminate the discriminatory student minimum wage and ensure all workers are making a living wage. We need paid sick days for all to keep workers and our communities safe from the spread of disease. We need a fully funded education system from Kindergarten to Post-Secondary Education. We need more accessible housing to protect our vulnerable populations who are already at some of the highest risk of contracting COVID-19. We need environmental justice, immigration status for all and equity for Black, Indigenous, Racialized people, women and 2SLGBTQ+ people.
Each year on October 2nd we celebrate our custodial, caretaker and maintenance folks. We have always known the importance of these members to keep our schools clean, sanitized, safe and secure. This year, despite understaffing and challenges, they have shown their professionalism in the face of the pandemic. Thank you to all of you for being one of the reasons that #safeschoolsdependoncupe
As you may know, the unions that represent Ontario teachers filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. They argue that the lack of provincial standards for health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
CUPE has filed to intervene in the proceedings in order to have a greater understanding of the issues that are being raised. As of this morning we have been granted standing. We will be keeping locals apprised of details as we are able.
We continue to advocate for members to contact MPPs and school board trustees to demand that the right investments be made in a safe reopening of schools.
Political action has worked: it has forced the Ministry of Education to put in additional resources, and can continue to work to get the investments we need.