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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Campaigns

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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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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

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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

Get your RPN and RN Malpractice Insurance.
Report tells how our healthcare system is failing the elderly...full story
In light of the recent outbreak Ebola Virus that has been declared, the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a memo and Public Health Ontario has issued a guidance on how best to deal with suspected cases...full story
Healthcare videos created by Zoran Pivalica for The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Community hospitals facing threats of cutbacks. Find out more...

Botched operations at private UK surgery clinics hurting patients, wreak havoc


20/August/2014 08:00 AM
Cautionary lesson for Ontario to not expand use of private clinics here

TORONTO, Ont. — Botched operations at private surgery clinics in the United Kingdom (UK) are costing UK patients their eyesight and mobility and the public health care system a lot of money, recent reports show. So why would Ontario’s provincial government move forward with a scheme to divert surgeries and procedures from public hospital to private clinics here? Asks Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Rally at Wingham District Hospital Thursday to draw attention of new Minister to cutbacks


25/June/2014 04:01 PM
Wingham, Ont. – Staff of the Wingham District hospital will rally on Thursday July 26, at noon, to protest plans to cut staff and services, says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU).
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Thousands of patient and LTC resident meals tossed out, uneaten each day


02/June/2014 09:03 AM
“This can change,” says UK better hospital food advocate at Belleville media conference Thursday during Ontario local food week
BELLEVILLE, Ont. – Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day in Ontario thousands of hospital patients’ meals are left uneaten and wind-up in the trash.
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Tags: Hospital food

Thousands of patient and LTC resident meals tossed out, uneaten each day


28/May/2014 01:24 PM
“This can change,” says UK better hospital food advocate at Ottawa media conference tomorrow
OTTAWA, Ont. – Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day in Ontario thousands of hospital patients’ meals are left uneaten and wind-up in the trash.
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Tags: Hospital food

Why is Vic electioneering in southern Ontario?


21/May/2014 12:58 PM
Media conference tomorrow 11 a.m., new post card aims to get attention of local MPP

NORTH BAY, ON – Like an episode of the cartoon Where’s Waldo, there have been sightings of Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli all over southern Ontario dogging Liberal campaign events. But hospital workers trying to stop a 59-bed cut at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) think Fedeli should be sticking closer to home and working on keeping services, beds and jobs from being slashed at the local hospital.
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Tags: North Bay Regional Health Centre, bed closures

Report exposes “discrimination” against frail, elderly Ontario patients


06/May/2014 01:01 PM
Groups pursuing legal options to challenge health reforms disadvantaging seniors
Ottawa, Ont. – There is an inherent bias and active systemic age discrimination in the application of provincial health reforms that is causing harm to frail, elderly patients, the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said at a media conference in Ottawa today.
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Tags: Senior care, Hotline report, bed blocker

Report exposes “discrimination” against frail, elderly Ontario patients


23/April/2014 01:03 PM
Groups pursuing legal options to challenge health reforms disadvantaging seniors
TORONTO, Ont. – There is an inherent bias and active systemic age discrimination in the application of provincial health reforms that is causing harm to frail, elderly patients, the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said at a Queen’s Park media conference today.
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Tags: bed blocker, Senior care, Hotline report

OCHU Events

7:00 p.m. Aug. 21
Spruce Lodge,
Griffith Auditorium, 643 W Gore St., Stratford
17 beds and numerous staff positions are being cut at our hospitals as a result of a provincial funding freeze for hospitals. Join Ontario Healthcare Coalition director Natalie Mehra for this important community meeting.
Please join OCHU members on October 27th, 2014 for a discussion of bargaining for trades and the impact of pay equity and regulation through the College of Trades.
Join OCHU members on October 28th and 29th 2014 to review the leading arbitration, human rights and court decisions concerning attendance management programs.
Join OCHU members on January 12th - 14th 2015 to learn about Health & Safety in Hospitals and Long-term Care: Shift work and cancers; Cleaning products and
cancers.
Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day in Ontario thousands of hospital patients’ meals are left uneaten and wind-up in the trash. OCHU tours the province to speak up about this issue.
The study Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget Cuts, Ontario’s Health System is Failing Patients, chronicles the qualitative experiences of hundreds of patients and their families from across Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline.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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