Additions to statutory leaves

Effective October 29, 2014 the Employment Standards Act (ESA) was amended to introduce three new types of job-protected statutory leaves, including:

· Family Caregiver Leave
· Critically Ill Child Care Leave
· Crime-Related Child Death and Disappearance Leave
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Scarborough Hospital--over age 70 benefits

Mr. Goodfellow awarded:

“ … we find and declare the Hospital to be in breach of the collective agreement by failing to provide the relevant benefits coverage without regard to age. The Hospital is hereby ordered to provide such coverage.”
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Closure of Hamilton cancer treatment hostel inhumane and misguided

Hamilton, Ont. The decision by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to close down the assisted residence that it provides for patients who receive chemotherapy is wrong and should be reconsidered, the union representing staff there said today. Patients come from Kenora and out of province to receive specialized chemotherapy and are housed in comfortable accommodation staffed by nurses who monitor their wellbeing and provide care. Read More...

If the Ebola outbreak were in Calgary…

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. Read More...

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

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

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. Read More...