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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Join the Days of Action at senior government Ministers’ offices in your region.
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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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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

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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

Celebrating Nursing week 2015 - click here for more info…
April 17th - Save our Norther 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...

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.
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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.
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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.
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Tags: St. Joe's Healthcare, Hamilton-Naigara

We can’t live on $4.92 an hour - Hospital staff protest SickKids sick plan Thursday at noon


22/April/2015 11:05 AM
Toronto, ON ― Excellent care for children is the history of the The Hospital for Sick Children. But the hospital “leaves its sick and disabled staff in poverty,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Tags: Hospital for Sick Children, rally

Hundreds Rally to Stop Health Care Cuts and Privatization in First Day of Action: Protests Planned Across Ontario


17/April/2015 04:52 PM
SUDBURY, ON / HAMILTON, ON / NIAGARA, ON / LONDON, ON and OTTAWA In response to severe hospital cuts and the threat of privatization of home care and hospital services, organizations representing hundreds of thousands of seniors, patients, health care workers, nurses, health professionals and concerned citizens have joined forces to call for mass protests in each region of Ontario. The cross-province Days of Action were officially kicked-off at a noon hour rally today at the office of Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault.
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Tags: rally, Healthcare funding

Leaders of Organizations Representing Half-a-Million Ontarians Call for Regional Days of Action to Stop Health Care Cuts and Privatization


16/April/2015 01:48 PM
Toronto - In response to severe hospital cuts and the threat of privatization of home care and hospital services, organizations representing hundreds of thousands of seniors, patients, health care workers, nurses, health professionals and concerned citizens have joined forces to call for mass protests in each region of Ontario.
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Tags: day of action, OHC

Media conference: town hall meeting organized on nursing cuts at Almonte General Hospital


15/April/2015 03:17 PM
Staff at Almonte General Hospital represented by CUPE will hold a media conference outside the hospital at 10:00 a.m. on April 16 to announce the next steps in the campaign to protest cuts to registered practical nursing staff at the hospital.
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Tags: Almonte General Hospital, media conference, Registered Practical Nurses

Monday rally at Brockville General steps up campaign against hospital cuts


13/April/2015 03:39 PM
Brockville, Ont. – Unions and community groups will hold a rally on April 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Brockville General Hospital (Pearl Street) as part of an escalating, campaign against cutbacks at the Brockville General Hospital.
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Tags: Brockville General Hospital, rally, Cutbacks

Media conference to announce Brockville will step up its campaign against hospital cuts


07/April/2015 09:30 AM
Brockville, Ont. – Unions and community groups will hold a media conference on April 10 at 10 a.m. at the Brockville Convention Centre to announce a rally April 13 and a public meeting on May 28, both part of an escalating, campaign against cutbacks at the Brockville General Hospital.
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Tags: Brockville General Hospital, Cutbacks, Town hall meeting

Media conference to announce New Liskeard will step up its campaign against hospital cuts


30/March/2015 09:13 AM
Hearst, Ont. – Unions and community groups will hold a media conference on March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Public Library in New Liskeard to announce a public meeting (April 8) and a major regional rally (April 17) against hospital cutbacks in northern Ontario.
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Tags: New Liskeard, rally, Cutbacks

March 27 rally to protest nursing cuts at Almonte General Hospital


26/March/2015 09:00 AM
Staff at Almonte General Hospital represented by CUPE will rally at noon on March 27 at the office of local MPP Jack MacLaren (240 Michael Cowpland Drive, Unit 100, Kanata) as part of a campaign to protest the cuts to registered practical nursing staff at the hospital.
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Tags: Almonte General Hospital, rally, Registered Practical Nurses

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.

TORONTO CENTRE
InterContinental Hotel
225 FRONT STREET WEST
TORONTO, ON
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

Location:
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

Location:
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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