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.

Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.599.0770
Fax: 416.599.3982
Contact us

About Us

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.



Stacks Image 14268
Join the Days of Action at senior government Ministers’ offices in your region.
Stacks Image 7865
The Ontario Liberal Government recently announced that it intends to sell up to 60% of Hydro One…
Stacks Image 7810
For years CUPE has been concerned the Ontario government would transfer public hospital surgeries and diagnostic tests to private clinics. Read the backgrounder.
Stacks Image 10194
To draw attention to the leading causes of preventable death, OCHU/CUPE continues with it's campaign to lower the rate of HAIs
Stacks Image 12376
OCHU holds Focus Groups to improve patient care in Long-Term Care
Stacks Image 11625
Keep hospitals cooking! Ontario hospitals should be serving locally grown food that’s cooked in-house.
Stacks Image 11613
Appropriate homecare is a public good, not a commodity bought and sold for profit.
Stacks Image 11637
Read and follow the OCHU Leftwords blog by Doug Allan for current news and information on healthcare in Ontario.
Stacks Image 7485
Poverty in Ontario is steadily increasing, and while the rich are getting richer. Join us in the fight to raise social assistance.
Stacks Image 11653
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.
Stacks Image 11929
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.
Stacks Image 10102
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

Celebrating Nursing week 2015 - click here for more info…
April 17th - Save our Northern Hospitals Day of Action!
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...

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.
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.
Tags: Hamilton Health Sciences, food fight

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.
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?
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.
Tags: Hamilton Health Sciences, food fight

HHHS president wrong about sick time, Ontario hospital staff use fewer sick days than in other provinces

12/June/2015 09:00 AM
HALIBURTON, Ont. – According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, Ontario hospital staff take 22 per cent fewer days absent due to illness or injury than other Canadian hospital workers.

Despite injury rates that are much higher than the all-industry average, worker compensation claim approvals have dropped significantly for Ontario hospitals and long-term care, which forces staff hurt at work to use their sick leave.
Tags: Haliburton

As provincial funding for hospitals hits new low, hospital workers rally tomorrow in Hamilton against “closed-door” contract deals and service cuts

07/June/2015 03:37 PM
HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario’s Liberal government is funding hospitals at the lowest rate per person of any province. Across the province and in Hamilton, community hospitals are cutting patient care and shedding and contracting out services.
Tags: Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joe's Healthcare, Cutbacks

Friday rallies in Haliburton, Minden to “keep our rural hospitals”

04/June/2015 02:50 PM
HALIBURTON, Ont. ― Years of flat provincial funding for hospital services is hurting patient care in communities across Ontario, say hospital workers rallying in Haliburton and Minden tomorrow (Friday, June 5, 2015).

Rural hospitals across the province are particularly hard-hit with severe cuts to care and services.
Tags: Haliburton, rally

Food service giant Compass serves up a rotten deal to workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

22/May/2015 10:00 AM
CUPE leaders join hospital rally to call for a fair deal for food service employees

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – At noon on Thursday, May 21, employees of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and other supporters will rally in defense of the hospital’s food service workers, who are employed by multinational food service corporation Compass Group Canada.
Tags: rally, Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Health minister taking home care in wrong direction with do-it-yourself, “self-directed” care approach

13/May/2015 09:36 AM
TORONTO, Ont. - Far from being the “fix” to Ontario’s disjointed and under-resourced home care system, today’s announcement by the health minister for “self-directed” home care is “taking us further in the wrong direction,” says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
Tags: Home care

St. Joe’s attempt to stifle disclosure of how public money is spent “extremely disconcerting”, says union

13/May/2015 02:09 PM
Hamilton, ON – St. Joseph’s Healthcare is attempting to stifle the right of hospital staff to advocate for public disclosure when it comes to spending choices and service cuts, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 786 charged today.
Tags: St. Joe's Healthcare, Hamilton-Naigara

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.

CUPE RPNs: For full details click here...

CUPE RNs: For full details click here...
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions - defending healthcare in every community