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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The Conservative’s new formula for health funding will see $36 billion cut from federal transfers for health over the next 10 years.
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Do no harm
There’s an infection hospitals can nearly always prevent. Why don’t they?
by Sarah Kliff
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The Ontario Liberal Government recently announced that it intends to sell up to 60% of Hydro One…
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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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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 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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In September and October 2015 OCHU’s Secretary-Treasurer and HOOPP Board Chair, Helen Fetterly will be holding regional pension conferences for OCHU members.
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Get your RPN and RN Malpractice Insurance from LMS ProLink now.
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Trades focus groups - An opportunity for trades persons to speak and be heard.
September and October 2015

Threat to close services in Haliburton and Minden results from provincial underfunding - Media conference Friday in Haliburton, outside HHHS

HALIBURTON, Ont. – The view, recently expressed by management of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS), that sites in Haliburton and Minden are not both sustainable, is the legacy of four years of deep provincial healthcare budget cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions said today.

“Citizens of communities like Haliburton and Minden, in a wealthy province of one of the richest nations in the world, have a right to expect that they will have a hospital. It is important that staff at the HHHS make a very clear statement that we will be working to achieve greater funding for the facility and fighting to keep both sites open,” says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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Pembroke Healthcare Coalition will rally Aug. 26 to get action from Member of Provincial Parliament

24/August/2015 09:34 AM
Pembroke, ON- The Pembroke Healthcare Coalition will rally Aug. 26 to press M.P.P. John Yakabuski to speak up about the cuts to beds and the privatization of sterilization services at Pembroke Regional Hospital. The rally will be held at Mr. Yakabuski’s office, Unit 6, The Victoria Center, 84 Isabella Street in Pembroke. “ Mr. Yakabuski promised to attend the July 31 community meeting and did not. He has also been completely silent about the cutbacks at the hospital and the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments. We expect a lot more from our elected representative,“ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE members at the hospital.
Tags: Cutbacks, Pembroke Regional Hospital, rally

In wake of Amy Savill case, hotline set up for northern Ontario mothers to share their experiences of being forced to travel in order to give birth safely

24/August/2015 08:55 AM
Toronto, On.- A special hotline has been set up to record the experience of parents forced to travel in northern Ontario in order to give birth safely. Recently an Alberta woman, Amy Savill, was forced to medevac from Timmins to Sudbury in order to safely give birth. She was asked initially asked to pay the costs of the air transfer, which could reach $30,000.
Tags: Cutbacks, Hotline

Harper Trade Deal Threatens Consumers, Ontario’s Healthcare System and Access to Medicines in Poorer Countries

20/August/2015 10:55 AM
Trade negotiators must remove damaging provisions relating to access to medicines in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal or risk locking in high drug prices and endangering the health of millions of people for decades to come, said the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as negotiations resumed in Maui, Hawaii, today. MSF’s call comes as reports indicate that this could be the last negotiation before the agreement is concluded.
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Surgery Cuts at Trenton only the start, as the Health Care Tomorrow project prepares the ground for the closure of hospital services in smaller communities, union charges

14/August/2015 09:13 AM
Ottawa, ON –Cuts in surgery rumoured to come in 2016 are only the beginning as the Health Care Tomorrow project ( a collaboration of Brockville General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Lennox and Addington County General Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Perth Smiths Falls District Hospital, Providence Care and Quinte Health Care ) prepares the ground for cuts to emergency and acute care services in smaller communities, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE charged today.
Tags: Cutbacks, Health Care Tomorrow

Composition of Ontario task force reviewing hospital violence against nurses is skewed and unrepresentative

13/August/2015 01:24 PM
Ottawa, ON – A task force to review violence against nurses in hospital settings has tripped at the starting gate, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU) said today. “ Registered Practical Nurses, who make up a large and growing part of the nursing team are not represented on this provincial task force, although they are assaulted by patients every day of the week. The task force is, however, loaded with employer and government representatives,“ said Michael Hurley, president of OCHU.
Tags: Workplace violence, Registered Practical Nurses

Ontario government, distracted by federal election, should address case of Alberta woman forced to medevac to Sudbury at a cost of $30,000

13/August/2015 09:17 AM
Ottawa, ON – While the federal election is a compelling distraction, the Ontario government needs to focus on addressing both the case of an Alberta woman forced to medevac to Sudbury to give birth safely, and the conditions that caused the problem in the first place - the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU)said today. Amy Savill, an Alberta woman was forced to take an air ambulance to Sudbury to safely have her baby because Timmins hospital was not equipped to deal with premature births. The cost of the potentially life-saving flight will potentially reach $30,000.
Tags: Timmins, Cutbacks

OCHU Events

Young families shouldn’t have to pay for government cuts to healthcare.

Ontario’s Government is cutting and centralizing obstetric care throughout the Province. As a result, more and more women are having to travel to larger centres weeks before their due date just to safely give birth. And young families from smaller communities are having to absorb the travel related-expenses of childbirth in Northern Ontario.
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In September and October 2015 OCHU’s Secretary-Treasurer and HOOPP Board Chair, Helen Fetterly will be holding regional pension conferences for OCHU members.

The dates are:
Sep 9 9:30am-5pm, Dryden
Sep 16 9am-5pm, Peterborough
Oct 15 9am-5pm, Hamilton
Sep 15 9am-5pm, Ottawa
Oct 14 9am-5pm, Stratford
Sep 10 9am-5pm, Sudbury
Sep 17 9am-5pm, Toronto
In September and October 2015 OCHU will hold Regional Trades focus groups to find out from our hospital locals about issues with trades people in their local hospitals.

The dates are:
Sept 28, 5-7pm Sudbury
Sept 29, 5-7pm North Bay
Sept 30, 5-7pm Ottawa
Oct 1, 5-7pm Cornwall
Oct 5, 5-7pm Hamilton
Oct 6, 5-7pm Mississauga
Oct 7, 5-7pm Toronto
Oct 19, 5-7pm Scarborough
Oct 20, 5-7pm Whitby
Oct 21 Peterborough
Oct 22 Kingston
July 2015
Northern Ontario is harshly affected by hospital cutbacks, exacerbated by the challenges of geography and by poverty and underemployment.

OCHU will be traveling to Northern Ontario communities to release to the media and public the report Pushed Out of Northern Ontario Hospitals, Abandoned at Home.
OCHU has scheduled a special provincial teleconference call for Monday July 27 at 7 p.m. to review the RPN Issues Award.

Please ensure that your local participates in this call.

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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