We Stand With You

Cupe 101 stands with our Muslim Community in support and in denouncing this and any act of hate based violence. An act of violence against one person in the community is an act of violence against all.

National Nursing Week

National Day of Mourning

Marked annually in Canada on April 28, the National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

  • We remember
    • workers who have died, were injured, or became ill from their job.
  • We commit
    • to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies

36 Reasons to Thank a Union

Did you know that labour unions made the following 36 things possible?

1. Weekends without work
2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
3. Paid vacation
4. Family & medical leave
5. Sick leave
6. Social security
7. Minimum wage
8. Prohibiting employer discrimination
9. 8-hour work day
10. Overtime pay
11. Child labour laws
12. Occupational Safety & Health
13. 40-hour work week
14. Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
15. Unemployment insurance
16. Pensions
17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
18. Employer health care insurance
19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
20. Wrongful termination laws
21. Legislation against age discrimination
22. Whistleblower protection laws
23. Legislation prohibiting employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
24. Veteran’s employment and training services
25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
26. Sexual harassment laws
27. Disabilities legislation
28. Holiday pay
29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
30. Privacy rights
31. Pregnancy and parental leave
32. Military leave
33. The right to strike
34. Public education for children
35. Equal pay – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
36. Laws ending sweatshops

OMERS Pension Update

Dear OMERS plan members:

We wanted to give you an important update about OMERS. As you may have heard, the pension fund lost more than $3 billion or -2.7% last year, a shortfall of more than $10 billion compared to their own benchmark returns for 2020.

This is the result of some very questionable decisions made by investment managers that business media giant Bloomberg described as “bad bets” with your pension savings, while the five top OMERS executives collectively made $8 million in bonuses last year.

And this isn’t new – it’s part of a longer pattern of underperformance at OMERS.

Well, now it’s time to demand accountability and to ramp up our calls for increased scrutiny of OMERS. We are currently in the process of demanding an immediate and comprehensive review of OMERS’ failed investment management in recent years, with full disclosure to plan members and the involvement of unions and employers.

We simply can’t allow OMERS executives to get away with washing their hands of these investment results or blaming COVID for their poor 2020 returns. On the exact same day OMERS reported losses, Quebec’s large pension fund manager, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), reported positive 2020 returns of +7.7%.

This latest bad news from OMERS is the result of their decisions and CUPE Ontario will continue to oppose any attempt to make plan members pay for them.

To CUPE Ontario’s 120,000 active OMERS plan members, we will take action. There will be accountability.

Please keep an eye out for updated information, including ways you can take direct action as a plan member of OMERS.

Fred Hahn – CUPE Ontario