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.


Ebola Readiness

All locals Provincial Teleconference Call Thursday October 23 5:00 p.m. EST OCHU/CUPE invites all locals to an urgent teleconference call about Ebola. Ebola is raging out of control in West Africa and with 2 cases of nurses who have acquired the virus treating a patient in Dallas, we need urgently to discuss what steps you should be insisting your hospital take to protect your members and the public. We will also update you on discussions on Ebola preparedness which have taken place at a provincial level. Please click here to contact the ochu office for the call-in number.


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Stop private clinics and save our local hospitals. Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queens Park. Nov 21 @ noon
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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

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

Healthcare videos created by Zoran Pivalica for The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
CUPE members wages were increased by .7% on Sept. 29, 2014 as part of the 4-year contract, reached last September. Find out more...
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

If the Ebola outbreak were in Calgary…

21/October/2014 09:00 AM
Toronto, Ont. – “ If the Ebola outbreak were in Calgary the federal government would likely act, because people would be dying on the floors and at the doorways of overwhelmed hospitals, in their homes and on the streets. Canada would call out desperately for help and we would want that call to be answered from around the world. Today our federal government again turned its back on Africa and African lives, “ said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE.
Tags: ebola, infection prevention

Federal government’s response to Ebola crisis is negligent, inhumane and insufficient

20/October/2014 01:02 PM
Toronto, Ont. – If Ebola comes to Canada, the federal government will share significant responsibility, says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU). “ The Harper government’s laissez-faire attitude towards Ebola is evidenced by its refusal to provide mobile hospitals to stricken African nations, its refusal of formal requests for personal protective equipment which were then sold off and its failure to mobilize our nation’s healthcare resources fully behind the fight against Ebola in Africa”.
Tags: ebola, infection prevention

Rally at Temiskaming Hospital Monday, campaign to draw attention of Minister to cutbacks

20/October/2014 08:00 AM
New Liskeard, Ont. – Staff of the Temiskaming Hospital will rally on Monday October 20, at noon, to protest plans to cut staff and services, says Arlene Hearn, president of local 904 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Tags: New Liskeard, Temiskaming Hospital, rally

Media Conference Wednesday to announce community campaign against cuts to Temiskaming Hospital

14/October/2014 04:46 PM
NEW LISKEARD, ON, Oct. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - There will be a media conference on Wednesday October 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Temiskaming Shores Public Library branch, to announce a campaign to oppose plans to cut staff and services, at Temiskaming Hospital.

Haliburton, Minden high seniors population spurs community meetings on long-term care, October 14, 15

10/October/2014 01:11 PM
HALIBURTON, Ont. – With a seniors population (those over 65 years old) in Minden, Haliburton of nearly 28 per cent – that’s almost double the percentage of seniors in Ontario –options for long-term care (LTC) and care quality for residents are top-of-mind for many area families.
Tags: Minden, Haliburton, Town hall meeting, Senior care, long-term care

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

23/September/2014 08:00 AM
Kenora, ON – 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.
Tags: long-term care, Personal Support Worker, Senior care, Registered Practical Nurses

Haphazard rollout stymieing PSW wage increase approved in Ontario budget

17/September/2014 06:00 AM
Liberals must act quickly to stop continued exploitation of PSWs

TORONTO, Ont. — A haphazard rollout is hampering many home and community care personal support workers (PSWs) from receiving the modest and long-overdue wage increase approved in the Ontario budget, charges the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario/CUPE).
Tags: Personal Support Worker, long-term care

Joan Rivers’ death at private clinic yet another example of mounting evidence against expansion of out-of-hospital private surgeries here in Ontario

16/September/2014 04:31 PM
TORONTO, Ont. – With the recent tragic death of comic Joan Rivers at a New York (NY) City private surgery clinic resulting in both the state health department and the city medical examiner investigating the cause of death, today the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) urged Ontario’s health minister to reconsider a policy that would expand the use here of similar private surgery and procedure clinics.
Tags: Private clinics

Working Class Politics After the NDP

Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley
Introduction: Crisis in Labour Politics
The issue that we can't ignore this Labour Day is the disorientation in our movement's politics. List the issues working people are most concerned about today – whether deindustrialization, unemployment and underemployment; access to healthcare, childcare and pensions; poverty, racism, conditions of foreign workers and appalling levels of overall inequality; the environment, transit costs and transit services; another corporate-friendly trade agreement that is insensitive to workers and communities; or the horror of Gaza – and two things especially stand more

OCHU Events

Join OCHU members on January 12th - 14th 2015 to learn about Health & Safety in Hospitals and Long-term Care: Health care work in the age of ebola
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...
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.
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.
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.

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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