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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The Ontario Council Of Hospital Unions
261 Gerrard St East
Toronto, ON
M5A 2G1

Phone: 416.599.0770
Fax: 416.599.3982
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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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Controversy surrounds respirator use for protection against asbestos. A Global News 16X9 video.
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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 vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) for 2013.

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

February 19, 2015 @ noon. Rally at Sick Kids Hospital
Major hospital cuts threatened at North Bay Regional Health Centre! Come to the public meeting on Feb 9th @ 7pm
Get your RPN and RN Malpractice Insurance.
Report tells how our healthcare system is failing the elderly...full story
Click here to view the OCHU Membership Newsletter regarding Ebola as well as the Ontario Medical Officer of Health Directive 1 on ebola...

Not enough home care for mom, prompts daughter to call patient hotline set up by CUPE

05/February/2015 04:17 PM
CHATHAM, Ont. – Despite severe mobility issues and a history of kidney problems, Anne Howley’s 84-year old mom Joyce only receives three, half-hour home care visits a week from the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). Howley’s and her mom’s story, is one of several dozen compelling stories left by residents from communities between Windsor and London on a home care patient hotline number, set up by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, late in 2014.
Tags: CCAC, Home care

Sudbury to feel ripple effect of cuts to mental health beds and other services at North Bay hospital

19/January/2015 09:00 AM
NORTH BAY, Ont. – The ripple effect of significant new cuts to hospital patient care and beds, including to mental health supports in North Bay, will be felt in Sudbury and other parts of north eastern Ontario, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Last week North Bay Regional Health Centre announced the latest in a round of service and bed cuts, that the hospital says are needed to make up for a provincial funding shortfall of $30 million. The severe and ongoing service reductions include the closure of eight mental health beds.
Tags: North Bay Regional Health Centre, Cutbacks, bed closures

Sick Kids hospital staff to rally today for the same disability benefits as other Ontario hospital staff

16/December/2014 08:50 AM
Toronto, Ont. – The Hospital for Sick Children is a world leader in patient care and research, but it lags behind its peers in terms of how it treats its own sick employees, says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE.

Staff can drop into poverty if they suffer a long-term illness under the Hospital for Sick Children’s long-term disability scheme, because it does not adequately protect employees. This is not the case for employees at other hospitals.
Tags: Hospital for Sick Children, rally

Ontario government indifference fostering systemic neglect, hastening incontinence of LTC residents, finds PSW, RPN focus group study

Ontario government indifference to care quality, provincial policies and low funding for long-term care are fostering systemic neglect of residents, say personal support workers (PSWs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) who took part in intensive focus group sessions in five Ontario communities. …get full details of the OCHU LTC media tour

1-888 hotline being set up for Cornwall, eastern county patients caught in quagmire of home care cuts

11/December/2014 11:23 AM
CORNWALL, Ont. – Hundreds of home care patients in Cornwall and the eastern counties are caught in a quagmire of service cuts and long waitlists and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario wants to hear from patients affected.
Tags: Home care, Hotline, CCAC

P3s a bad deal for Ontarians

Wed Dec 10 2014
How Liberals wasted billions
The boss of Infrastructure Ontario absolutely does not get it. He robotically dismisses the astounding bombshell from Ontario’s auditor general (AG) that 74 private-public-partnership (P3) infrastructure projects, many of them hospitals, cost us $8 billion more than if the province had financed them publicly.
That’s $8 billion squandered, most of that in higher borrowing costs. Money that has not been available for badly needed patient care in hospitals, resident care in nursing homes and better home and community care.
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Canada must answer the call to deploy staffed field hospitals to fight Ebola in Africa

02/December/2014 01:52 PM
Toronto, Ont. – Doctors Without Borders today called on developed nations to deploy biological disaster response teams to help fight Ebola on the ground in Africa. “ It is time for Canada to answer the call from Doctors Without Borders to send staffed field hospitals to West Africa “ said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. “ Canada’s exclusive focus on a vaccine, ignores the crying need for hospital infrastructure on the ground to provide care for people stricken with Ebola. This is a need that Canada is in a position to meet “, Hurley said.
Tags: ebola

Hospital staff from northeastern Ontario to rally against cuts at Temiskaming Shores Hospital

02/December/2014 09:00 AM
New Liskeard, Ont. – Hospital staff from across northeastern Ontario will join caregivers to rally at noon December 2 outside Temiskaming Shores Hospital to protest plans to cut half of the hospitals operating room time, eliminate 18,000 nursing hours, reduce cleaning and close the cafeteria and other services.
Tags: New Liskeard, Cutbacks, rally

eHealth severance package would keep operating rooms open at Temiskaming Shores Hospital

01/December/2014 09:00 AM
Toronto, Ont. – A $252,000 severance package for an eHealth executive would keep the operating rooms running at the Temiskaming Shores Hospital, CUPE charged today. eHealth has been beset by scandals, including awarding consultants $16 million in contracts without tender.
Tags: Temiskaming Hospital, eHealth

Town hall meeting in New Liskeard Nov. 27 to talk about cuts at the Temiskaming Hospital

24/November/2014 09:19 AM
New Liskeard, Ont. – There will be a community meeting to talk about cuts to services and staff at the Temiskaming Hospital, Thursday November 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 90 Whitewood Avenue, New Liskeard.
Tags: New Liskeard, Town hall meeting, Cutbacks

OCHU Events

OCHU Annual Convention - April 22nd - 24th, 2015 - Toronto, ON
This year’s OCHU annual convention will take place at The InterContinental Toronto Centre. Registration begins the evening of April 23rd and the convention will conclude at noon on April 24th.

InterContinental Hotel
February 2015 with Joe Herbert. Learn how all of the key elements of the central hospital agreement work. Look at all of the key arbitration decisions. Joe Herbert has been the union’s nominee on boards of arbitration for grievances filed under the CUPE central hospital agreement since 1975.

The course will be offered at two different times to accommodate schedules:

1st Session:
February 5th and 6th 2015

2nd Session:
February 23rd and 24th 2015

CUPE Regional Office
80 Commerce Valley Dr. East, Markham ON
March and June 2015 with Mark Wright. Learn how the job security articles of the CUPE hospital agreement work. Review all key arbitration decisions, interpreting the job security articles with Mark Wright, lawyer with Sack/Goldblatt/Mitchell- OCHU’s counsel.

The course will be offered at two different times to accommodate schedules:

1st Session:
March 24th and 25th 2015

2nd Session:
June 1st and 2nd 2015

CUPE Regional Office
80 Commerce Valley Dr. East,
Markham ON
The intent of the study Long-Term Care in Ontario: Fostering Systemic Neglect, was to speak directly to Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) working in long-term care (LTC) in Ontario Find out more...

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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