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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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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What Happened to Healthcare

Cuts to funding and the privatization of vital services are resulting in cutbacks and closing at hospitals, all over Ontario.

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Conference Adopts Action Plan on Violence Against Nurses
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Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Legislative Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
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Are you a caregiver to an aging family member? Here is an opportunity to contribute to research that aims to increase awareness at both public policy and employer level of the changes faced by employed caregivers.

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Report Issued on College of Trades
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Vaccine or Mask?
Know Your Rights.
You have the right to refuse to have a flu shot.
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Ontario Healthcare Coalition Action Plan: Taking Back Public Health Care For All

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Are you a PSW? Here is a factsheet on the recent changes to the Long Term Care Homes Act, that could effect you!
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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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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

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.
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.
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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34th Annual OCHU Convention: April 26th - 29th, 2016

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RPN Newsletter: Highlights of the 2016 Registered Practical Nurses’ Conference
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Bargaining Update:
Conference Commits to pursue coordinated bargaining

Government taking away your right to choose which union you belong to

CUPE, OPSEU and ONA are fighting changes to the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act which would, in circumstances where one union had 60 percent or more of members, take away their right to vote to choose which union to belong to.

Service and care cuts at Ross Memorial Hospital undermining future of the hospital MPP Must speak out against them

11/February/2016 9:00AM

LINDSAY, ON — Piece-by-piece health services once available to Lindsay residents at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) are being moved to the Peterborough hospital or “quietly, silently being eliminated altogether,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE.

Hospital staff are concerned, says Hurley that the most recent rash of “hospital service cuts will compromise current patient care levels and undermine the future of the hospital down the road. Hospital staff want local member of the provincial parliament (MPP) to speak out against the cuts and protect the community hospital.”


“We will not be silenced from speaking up about violence” Thursday Noon Rally Planned for Sue McIntyre at Vic Fedeli’s Office

10/February/2016 11:45AM
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Support from the local community and from healthcare workers across Ontario is pouring in for Sue McIntyre, the North Bay nurse fired by North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) after she spoke up about employer reprisals against hospital staff who report attacks from patients.

Sue’s neighbours, friends and co-workers will show their support this Thursday, February 11, 2016 at a noon rally at Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli’s North Bay office. Thursday’s rally is the first of several events planned this month. Supporters from across the province are heading to North Bay for a rally on Monday, February 29, 2016 at noon at the hospital.

Silence on Hopsital Patient Care Cuts by MPP Lou Rinaldi not Acceptable

4/February/2016 9:00AM
COBOURG, Ont. — Silence by Northumberland area MPP Lou Rinaldi on the detrimental impact of hospital patient care and service cuts at the community hospital, is not acceptable, say area health care workers who expect better from him.
The Ontario legislature resumes in mid-February and all indicators are that a provincial budget will follow in early March. Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) “want our MPP to be vocal before that budget is released. We want him to call for an increase to hospital funding and a stop to the hospital cuts. We want him to do what he was elected to do and stand up for hospital services in our communities across the county. Mr. Rinaldi,” says Alice Cunnington, CUPE 2628 president, “also has an obligation to ensure that Ontarians from outside our community, driving our stretch of the 401 have access to a well-staffed hospital, ready to provide all-manner of care in a medical emergency.”

North Bay Hospital Must Reinstate Nurse Fired for Speaking Up About Patient Assaults

2/February/2016 11:00AM

Toronto, On. — A nurse who spoke on a panel about patient violence against nurses has been terminated by the North Bay Regional Hospital.
The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE is calling on the provincial government to pressure the North Bay Regional Hospital to reinstate the nurse and to adopt legislation that would make it a criminal offense to assault a health care worker and protect staff who report violent incidents from reprisal.
The North Bay hospital, “is bullying this nurse with the severest form of reprisal for telling the truth about patient violence. This autocratic management knows these assaults are going on, has done very little about them and doesn’t want people to talk about them. The hospital CEO must be held accountable for this decision to spend tens of thousands of scarce health care dollars on lawyers to try to uphold this indefensible firing,” says OCHU north- eastern Ontario vice-president Sharon Richer.


Hamilton RPNs Call for Provincial Action on Pervasive Violence Against Nurses

1/February/2016 10:00AM

Hamilton, On. — Hamilton registered practical nurses (RPNs) are calling on the provincial government and area MPPs to help stop pervasive and increasing patient attacks on nurses. Just returned from a conference on health sector violence, they want laws to better protect them by charging violent patients under the criminal code and that include, enforceable whistleblower and no reprisal protections “for nurses brave enough” to report violent incidents.
Statistics Canada reports that 47 per cent of RPNs have been physically assaulted by a patient or a patient’s family member in the last year. All 150 RPNs from across Ontario who attended the conference on violence held in Kingston last week, reported that they have been assaulted at work. They also agreed that understaffing in hospitals and long-term care homes — the result of too low provincial funding — makes them vulnerable to patient aggression.


Don’t Sign TPP Trade Deal, Federal Liberals Told

29/January/2016 1:00PM
Ottawa, On — Provisions relating to access to medicines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will cement high drug prices and undermine the health of hundreds of millions of people for generations, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU) charged today. The TPP has been negotiated between Canada, the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim countries.

"The Harper government negotiated a trade deal that will raise the price of drugs and reduce the availability of lower cost generics, and strengthen and create new patent and regulatory monopolies for pharmaceutical products. The federal Liberal government should not sign off on this deal. This is simply a continuation of the 'race to the bottom' economics of the Harper government," says Michael Hurley, president of OCHU.


Demise of PSW registry gives province opportunity to get it right and end exploitation of racialized, female workforce

29/January/2016 10:45AM
Toronto, ON- Now that the "ill-conceived" registry for personal support workers (PSWs) has been scrapped, the 20,000 PSWs represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario in long-term care, hospitals and community care are asking for the issue of regulation for PSWs to be made a priority.

Educational requirements and occupational demands on PSWs have increased significantly over the last five years. "Despite this, the government's economic interest has been to perpetuate the exploitation of PSWs in the home care sector by denying them effective self-regulation, available to most other occupations. Our expectation is equal treatment with Ontario's other professions and trades," says Michael Hurley first vice-president of CUPE Ontario. 


Federal government should create a national registry of asbestos in public buildings and join the ban against the use and import of asbestos: union

28/January/2016 9:00AM
Kingston On- The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU) supports the call on the federal government to create a national registry of asbestos in public buildings and for the ban on the use and import of asbestos endorsed by the European Union, Australia and other countries.

“ Increasing rates of mesothelioma and other related cancers and respiratory diseases in Canada require dramatic measures to finally address the preventable public health tragedy of asbestos use,” says Sharon Richer, OCHU vice-president responsible for occupational health and safety.

There are well documented, serious public health risks of exposure due to the decades long deterioration in asbestos, which makes it friable and potentially air borne.


Stop attacks on nurses, charge violent patients under criminal code: union

27/January/2016 12:04 PM
Kingston, ON
— All 150 registered practical nurses (RPNs) from across Ontario attending a conference on violence this week reported that they have been assaulted at work. They point to underfunding that leaves staff vulnerable to increased patient aggression. And nurses say there is a gender bias in new provincial and federal spending on bricks and mortar infrastructure rather than human services, which leaves them more vulnerable.

Recently, nurses in Hamilton, Cornwall, North Bay and Kingston suffered serious injuries from patient attacks. In one case the nurses were repeatedly punched in the head, with one losing consciousness after being thrown against a wall. In another a nurse was beaten unconscious with a lead pipe.

Liberal government has turned its back to patient hardship and suffering in northern Ontario

21/January/2016 12:33 PM
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is in Sault Ste. Marie tomorrow for one of six pre-budget consultations across the province. Michael Hurley the president of Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) presenting to the committee at 1:45 p.m. at the Delta Waterfront, has a direct message for the provincial government; “invest in hospital care before more patients in northern Ontario suffer.”

Hurley is not alone in calling for an end to the hospital funding and care cuts that have plagued Ontario for over four years of a provincial funding freeze for hospitals. A chorus of disparate voices from hospital administrators to front line nurses “are telling the provincial government in their own way, some more directly than others, that cuts to hospital funding have gone too far, patient care is suffering and real people are being hurt.”


Fedeli wrong to blame beleaguered NE LHIN for lack of health services in northeastern Ontario

17/December/2015 09:27 AM
NORTH BAY, ON — The beleaguered North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is a “scapegoat” and a pawn in the province’s plan to under-resource health care, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “While complicit, the LHIN should not be blamed for the lack of health services in Ontario’s northeast. We encourage the MPP from Nipissing to place the blame for lack of access to medical care where it belongs, with the provincial government.”
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Blame province for lack of health services in northeastern Ontario, not beleaguered NE LHIN

16/December/2015 01:17 PM
SUDBURY, ON – The beleaguered North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is a “scapegoat” and a pawn in the province’s plan to under-resource health care, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “While complicit, the LHIN should not be blamed for the lack of health services in Ontario’s northeast. The provincial government is to blame.”

The Ontario Auditor General (AG) put the spotlight on the province’s health policy and the LHINs specifically in her most recent report. The AG found that the NE LHIN is among the majority of regional health networks that failed to meet “performance targets”. In fact the AG reports, that none of the 14 LHINs met all the performance indicators that measure access to selected health services and readmission patterns of patients with specific health conditions.
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OCHU Events

We Won’t Be Silenced: Rally For Sue McIntyre

Sue McIntyre was fired by North Bay Regional Hospital for speaking up about violence at work. On February 11, at Noon, we rally for Sue!
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Leadership Meetings : Major Issues for Bargaining in 2017

Consultations with local union bargaining members are starting. These meetings will explore the priorities of the local leaders for the 2017 provincial contract negotiations.
All locals are strongly encouraged to have their full bargaining teams attend these 2 meetings.

Feb. 19: Area 5 ( eastern Ontario )

Feb. 26: Area 4 ( central Ontario )

March 8: Area 2 ( Hamilton Niagara )

March 10: Area 1 ( sw Ontario )

March 17: Area 3 ( GTA)

March 22: Area 6 ( ne Ontario )

March 24: Area 7 ( nw Ontario )

34th Annual OCHU Convention: April 26th - 29th, 2016

OCHU’s 34th Annual Convention will be in Deerhurst Skyline Resort, Huntsville, ON.

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Upcoming Area Meetings: Priorities Amongst the Major Issues for Bargaining in 2017

May 3: Area 2 meeting ( Hamilton Niagara )

May 6: Area 4 ( central Ontario )

May 13: Area 5 ( eastern Ontario )

May 19: Area 3 (GTA)

June 3: Area 1 ( sw Ontario )

June 7: Area 7 ( nw Ontario )

June 9: Area 6 ( ne Ontario )
Ontario long-term care 'a system in crisis,' workers say - CUPE says overstretched facilities are providing inadequate service

Patients in Ontario long-term care homes are at growing risk of abuse and neglect if shortcomings underscored in this week's auditor general's report aren't addressed, say advocates and workers at long-term care facilities.

"You're going to get more and more abuse. You're going to get more and more neglect," said Linda Assad Butcher, a retired ER nurse and dean of nursing whose husband, diagnosed with early onset dementia, lives at the municipally run Gary J. Armstrong facility in Ottawa.
During the month of September, Canadians are gathering to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE envisions a work place in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a work place where all individuals will have access to the support they need when seeking help.

Join with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE for the official Recovery Day Ottawa celebration in the National Capital at Ottawa City Hall, on Sunday, September 24, 2016.

Members Resources

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