The membership of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) includes 30,000 CUPE hospital, long-term care, ambulance and central laundry workers in 120 bargaining units across Ontario.

OCHU bargains a central collective agreement, coordinates grievances related to centrally negotiated language, conducts campaigns in defense of a universally accessible, public healthcare system, and assists with organizing drives throughout the province.

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261 Gerrard St East
Toronto, ON
M5A 2G1

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The membership of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) includes 30,000 CUPE hospital, long-term care, ambulance and central laundry workers in 120 bargaining units across Ontario.








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Campaigns

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Do no harm
There’s an infection hospitals can nearly always prevent. Why don’t they?
by Sarah Kliff
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The Ontario Liberal Government recently announced that it intends to sell up to 60% of Hydro One…
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For years CUPE has been concerned the Ontario government would transfer public hospital surgeries and diagnostic tests to private clinics. Read the backgrounder.
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To draw attention to the leading causes of preventable death, OCHU/CUPE continues with it's campaign to lower the rate of HAIs
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OCHU holds Focus Groups to improve patient care in Long-Term Care
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Keep hospitals cooking! Ontario hospitals should be serving locally grown food that’s cooked in-house.
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Appropriate homecare is a public good, not a commodity bought and sold for profit.
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Read and follow the OCHU Leftwords blog by Doug Allan for current news and information on healthcare in Ontario.
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Poverty in Ontario is steadily increasing, and while the rich are getting richer. Join us in the fight to raise social assistance.
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OCHU Secretary-Treasurer Helen Fetterly is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) for 2015.

Occupational Specialties

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With significantly expanded scope of practice and training and with the rising acuity of hospital patients, Registered Practical Nurses have significant workload concerns.
These are the nurses patients meet at the bedside and the heart of patient care. OCHU represents 7,000 RPN’s.
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Shouldering an increasing share of personal care for patients in hospitals and long term care, personal support workers play an important role in patient care. OCHU represents 4,000 personal support workers.
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Keeping hospitals equipment and systems running, the trades and maintenance staff are the backbone of Ontario’s hospital system. Newly regulated and with growing demands on their skills, the 1,000 tradespeople represented by OCHU work around the clock to keep patients safe.
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Newly regulated, pharmacy technicians and technologists are a vital part of any patient’s hospital stay, ensuring that the drugs patients receive in-hospital are as prescribed.
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From a patient’s first experience in the ER, at admitting, at switchboard and throughout the hospital, clerical workers transcribe doctors’ orders, schedule tests and procedures and document and guide patients through their hospital journey.

Top News and Information

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Get your RPN and RN Malpractice Insurance from LMS ProLink now.
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July 2015 - Northern Ontario Patient Hotline Report Media Tour
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In September and October 2015 OCHU’s Secretary-Treasurer and HOOPP Board Chair, Helen Fetterly will be holding regional pension conferences for OCHU members.

Community meeting creates Pembroke Healthcare Coalition, organizes Aug. 26 rally


31/July/2015 09:21 AM
Pembroke, ON- A well attended community meeting has created a Pembroke Healthcare Coalition, planned a rally August 26 and decided to request a meeting with the Pembroke Regional Hospital’s Board of Directors in September. “ The public agreed to keep up the pressure on the Minister of Health for additional funding for the hospital to stop the medical and pediatric bed closures. The meeting also called on the province to intervene to stop the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502.
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Tags: rally, Pembroke Regional Hospital

More precarious health status of northern Ontario citizens means deep hospital cuts hit this region hardest, report says


29/July/2015 08:22 AM
KENORA, FORT FRANCES AND EMO, Ont. ― Although citizens in northern Ontario have higher rates of cancers, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and worse mental health and addictions outcomes than the rest of the province, northern Ontario hospital cutbacks and privatization mean “that the impact is far more dramatic, even than it is in southern Ontario,” concludes a report released in Kenora, Fort Frances and Emo today.

The report Pushed Out of Northern Hospitals, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget Cuts, Ontario’s Health System is Failing Patients, chronicles the anecdotal experiences of hundreds of patients from over 30 Ontario communities, including many in northern Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline. It has also been updated with details on recent cuts to northern hospitals.
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Tags: bed blocker, media conference, Northern Ontario

Mr. Thibeault wrong to pretend cuts to patient care, hospital services aren’t happening


27/July/2015 09:01 AM
Northern patient hotline check-in media conference Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Sudbury, ON - Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault’s claims that “there have been no cuts to health care” and that programs are being “eliminated because they’re no longer needed….” are contradicted by the voices of patients and their families and by the statistics on life expectancy and morbidity for residents of northern Ontario, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) say
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Tags: Sudbury, media conference, Hotline report

What is Mr. Orazietti doing to stop $10 million in patient care cuts at the Sault hospital?


27/July/2015 09:07 AM
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Although the Sault Area Hospital is making major cuts to nursing and direct patient care and closing 56 beds, to offset a $10 million drop in provincial funding, Sault Ste. Marie’s MPP, David Orazietti, “is blissfully unaware, it seems, of the devastating impact of his government underfunding care at the hospital,” says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Tags: Sault Ste Marie, media conference, Hotline report

Liberals “mock” rural Ontario with paltry $7 mil funding announcement for 56 small Ontario hospitals


22/July/2015 09:43 AM
TORONTO, ON – Far from the funding bonanza heralded by Ontario’s health minister, yesterday’s $7 million allocation for 56 small and rural hospitals is a “paltry, wholly inadequate amount for hospitals that, because of provincial underfunding, have been forced to cut patient care considerably,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Tags: Healthcare funding

Campaign to stop bed cuts and privatization at Pembroke Regional Hospital picks up steam


15/July/2015 09:43 AM
Pembroke, ON- The postcard campaign directed to the Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins, kicked off last week and has already burned through 5,000 postcards. These have now gone into a second printing. “ We are asking the Minister for additional funding for the hospital to stop the medical and pediatric bed closures. We are also calling on the province to intervene to stop the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502.
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Tags: Pembroke Regional Hospital, Cutbacks

Demonstration at Pembroke Regional Hospital to ask province to fund hospital adequately, stop the cuts and privatization


07/July/2015 09:44 AM
Pembroke, ON- Staff of Pembroke Regional Hospital represented by CUPE will hold a lunch hour demonstration on July 7 at 705 Mackay Street to protest plans to cut beds and privatize services. “ We are asking the provincial government for additional funding for the hospital to stop the bed closures. We are also calling on the province to intervene to stop the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502.
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Tags: Pembroke Regional Hospital, rally, Cutbacks

Assaults on hospital staff increasing across Ontario as Staff, bed and service cuts frustrate patients and their families


06/July/2015 09:40 AM
Toronto On – The rise in occurrences of violence against hospital staff documented in a University Health Network report are representative of a wave of aggression in hospitals, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) says.
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Campaign against cuts at Pembroke Regional Hospital begins with community postcard campaign


29/June/2015 01:27 PM
Pembroke, ON- Staff of Pembroke Regional Hospital represented by CUPE are kicking off a community campaign to protest plans to cut beds and privatize services. “ Our campaign will ask the provincial government for additional funding for the hospital to stop the bed closures and to intervene in the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502.
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Tags: Pembroke Regional Hospital, Cutbacks

Poll finds 86% think local patient food is best; only 3% agree with HHS that factory made food is better


23/June/2015 03:50 PM
HAMILTON, ON – Over the last few weeks Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has publicly defended shutting down the hospital kitchens and contracting out patient meals to a global food processing operation outside of Hamilton. But the findings of a recent poll, show there is virtually no support in the Hamilton community for the hospital’s patient food plan.
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Despite higher than average illness and hospitalizations, Hamilton hospitals are cutting services and care


18/June/2015 09:10 AM
Community meeting this Thursday night is a call for action.

Hamilton, ON – With the cost of a hospital stay well below the national average and documented higher than average rates of illness, hospitalizations and emergency wait times, Hamilton’s hospitals are still shaving millions of dollars and cutting services and care, year after year.
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Tags: Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joe's Healthcare, Cutbacks

Letter Re: Version 4 – CMOH Directive for Hospitals ‐ EVD


16/June/2015 02:23 PM
Dear Minister Hoskins,

Thank you for forwarding the version 4 of the CMOH Directive for Hospitals concerning EVD. We would like to make the following comments:

• The language in the Directive is discretionary and we feel that it should be mandatory
• The designation of “cool“and “warm“zones is artificial. Where does one zone end and the other zone begin? What proximity to the patient defines these areas? How are these areas physically defined? What barriers and signage delineate them?
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Tags: CMOH Directives, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Local hospital food campaign picks up steam


14/June/2015 09:00 PM
Media conference Monday, 11 a.m., Gage Park community garden

HAMILTON, Ont. – Since late last month, when Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) dietary staff made it public that the hospital intends to shut down its kitchens and outsource patient meals to a factory-food operation that plates microwavable portions, the community campaign to keep hospital food local has picked up steam.
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Tags: Hamilton Health Sciences, food fight

OCHU Events

July 2015
Northern Ontario is harshly affected by hospital cutbacks, exacerbated by the challenges of geography and by poverty and underemployment.

OCHU will be traveling to Northern Ontario communities to release to the media and public the report Pushed Out of Northern Ontario Hospitals, Abandoned at Home.
OCHU has scheduled a special provincial teleconference call for Monday July 27 at 7 p.m. to review the RPN Issues Award.

Please ensure that your local participates in this call.
In September and October 2015 OCHU’s Secretary-Treasurer and HOOPP Board Chair, Helen Fetterly will be holding regional pension conferences for OCHU members.
In September and October 2015 OCHU will hold Regional Trades focus groups to find out from our hospital locals about issues with trades people in their local hospitals.

Members Resources

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health to bargain provincially with the major unions in the hospital sector.
View and Download your CUPE Central Collective Agreement Find out more...
OCHU has produced guidebooks to help our members understand in greater detail different aspects of their collective agreement. View and Download guidebooks to your pension, benefits and job security Find out more...
HOOPP is one of the largest defined benefit pension plans in Canada, and manages over $40.3 billion in assets. They have a very talented team investing the contributions for you, ensuring that your pension will be there for you when you retire. Find out more...
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE has partnered with LMS PROLINK to provide Professional Liability Protection (PLP) exclusively for Registered Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses who are members of OCHU / CUPE. For over 30 years LMS PROLINK has been a 100% Canadian owned independent insurance brokerage serving members of unions and associations.

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