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  • Ontario is ensuring that the apprenticeship system meets the changing demands of the economy by giving apprentices the skills they need to succeed and providing employers with the talent they need to thrive. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was joined by Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, at the United Association in Barrie today to release Ontario's new Apprenticeship Strategy. The province is improving the apprenticeship system by building on its current strengths. The goal is to develop a system that provides end-to-end supports for apprentices and employers and

  • Workplace violence is a serious hazard that many CUPE members face every day. The purpose of the kit is to provide members with resources to help protect them against violence and harassment in the workplace. Far too often, employers develop policies and procedures that only react to violence and harassment. This approach is not good enough. CUPE’s new kit focuses primarily on preventing violence and harassment in the workplace before it happens. The kit is available for order to CUPE locals or can be downloaded here: Guideline: Preventing violence and harassment in the workplace Fact Sheet: Working alone Violence and harassment legislation in Canada by jurisdiction Checklist: Sample

  • Every February, CUPE Ontario urges all its members to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month. We also invite our members to reflect on the many contributions Black people of African and Caribbean heritage have made to Canada and our union movement. Black workers have a long history of building the Canadian labour movement and fighting for social change. Through their activism and leadership, Black trade unionists in Canada have organized to pass laws and win collective agreement language that fights racism and promotes equality in our workplaces and communities.

  • On February 1, 2018, the nation’s highest court endorsed the union position that the duty to accommodate is applicable in the case of workplace injury. CUPE was an intervenor in the case. That means unions must now ensure that the rights set out in both the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms are respected. Employers are now required to accommodate workers with functional limitations due to a work-related injury. If they fail to fulfil this duty, unions may challenge the matter before Québec’s Administrative Labour Tribunal. Read

  • All ventilation would be stopped during the aluminum dust dispersal, and miners were instructed to inhale the black fog of respirable aluminum dust deeply to protect themselves against silicosis. The guest speaker at the North Bay and District Labour Council Annual Health and Safety Dinner Tuesday evening warned that workers forced to inhale aluminum powder are now suffering from diseases like Parkinson's. Janice Martell, founder of the McIntyre Powder Project, told guests that she has been compiling a testimonial catalogue of miners to help convince WSIB and governments that the inhalation of

  • A well-known labour activist, President of the North Bay Labour Council and multi-time NDP candidate is retiring from his job. Henri Giroux retired from his job as a cook at Cassellholme yesterday. He has been at Cassellholme for 38 years and four months "Today is my last day to be on Cassellholme payroll," Giroux wrote on his Facebook page. "After today I will be fully retired. I really enjoyed my time cooking for the seniors." Giroux told BayToday that his plan is to take December off. "I will still represent Labour Council until the

  • The Liberal government formally apologized in the House of Commons to gay, lesbian and transgender Canadians for the discrimination they have suffered over the decades, often at the hands of federal agencies. CUPE welcomes the apology, and honours the tremendous pressure generated by the LGBTTQI community to bring it into being. That pressure included a class action lawsuit brought by former members of the federal public service, the military and the RCMP, for the discrimination and life-shattering hatred they suffered. Thousands of people across Canada were harassed, threatened and fired from

  • Researchers from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre will study mining records for the board. Ken Kasunich was 18 when he first tasted McIntyre Powder in a northern Ontario gold mine. He said he cannot forget what it was like to be forced to inhale the thick, black dust that was pumped into his change room before shifts. "There was no getting out of it. We had to take the dust," Kasunich said. "You could hardly see the person changing next to you." Kasunich was one of tens of thousands of workers who were told

  • Hosted by North Bay Labour, local union and community members enjoyed a breakfast in support of the United Way campaign at the Best Western on October 13. Labour Council donated $1000 with the help of the breakfast proceeds at the 3rd Annual Labour Breakfast in support of the United Way. The breakfast heard from the local United Way board chair, Guy Fortin, and Erika Lougheed, Nipissing and Parry Sound Navigator. Larry Rousseau, the CLC Executive Vice-President, visited as well to bring greetings from the CLC and to stress the importance of

  • Unions have a rich history when it comes to teaching and promoting human rights, and LGBTQ equity is no exception. Over the years, unions have built into their democratic structures ways for equity-seeking groups to have important and lasting decision-making power. Unions believe in social equity and it makes perfect sense that they help with events like Pride. That’s why it made perfect sense that members of North Bay Labour initiated a series of planning meetings to plan an inaugural Pride event. An ambitious endeavor, a committee was created and Tammy