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...

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).
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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.
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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 out...read more

Wake-up call for Ontario’s health minister with more British patients harmed at private surgery clinics


04/September/2014 06:00 AM
TORONTO, Ont. – By forging ahead with cutting surgeries out of public hospitals and outsourcing them to private clinics, Ontario’s provincial government is “ignoring” mounting evidence that private surgery and procedures are posing safety risks and harming patients in Britain, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Tags: Private clinics, outsourcing, medical error

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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OCHU Events

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.
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
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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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