36 Reasons to Thank Your 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. Whistle blower 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

Tell Ford: Support People, Not Big Businesses

People across our province need direct help today. Instead of providing full support for Ontarians impacted by COVID-19, the Ford Conservatives’ economic update committed to spending far more on businesses than on people.

People are worried about about putting food on the table and paying their rent and mortgages. The best way to support them is by direct financial support; not through tax schemes or business incentives.

Other provinces – like Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, and PEI – have measures that support a broad range of residents with immediate financial support who may otherwise fall through the cracks.

This is necessary and urgent – and if other provinces can do it, we can too.

Send a message to the Ford Conservatives urging them to create an Ontario Emergency Income Benefit to ensure immediate financial support of at least $2,000 for those who are unemployed and waiting to access other income supports, those already on income support, and the most vulnerable in our communities.

Our communities are hurting because of this crisis and we’re expecting more from this government.

Send the Ford Conservatives a Message.

WSIB Workers Exposure Form

If a CUPE worker believes they have been exposed and has not experienced symptoms yet, they should be encouraged to complete the form, fax or mail a copy to WSIB, and keep a copy for their and potentially our records.
If there are any questions about this or other WSIB related matters, please contact the WSIB Representative assigned to your CUPE Ontario area.

Alex Kerner, David Chezzi, Walter Devoe Workers’ Compensation Department