PLANS LEAKED: CUT, CLOSE, RESTRUCTURE, PRIVATIZE. Leaked government plans call for the consolidation of services into 30-50 super hospitals and a massive privatization of clinical and support services, the closure of the LHINs and Cancer Care Ontario. Layoﬀs on a massive level are threatened.
There has been no consultation with any of the organizations representing doctors, nurses or healthcare support staﬀ or with the general public.
The leaked documents set out an aggressive timeline, including forcing legislation by March, with almost no time for public consultation.
The leadership of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE has adopted an action plan to meet the threat and will work with the Ontario Health Coalition and other unions and community groups to push back this plan to sell our healthcare system.
The restructuring of previous governments was not implemented in the face of vigorous resistance The Harris government tried to privatize land ambulance services and cancer care in the 1990’s. Both of these projects were defeated by on the ground organizing.
Many restructuring and privatization initiatives of the Liberal government were set back by community campaigns.
When the Conservative government campaigned in the 2018 election they did not ask for a mandate for to cut, close, restructure and privatize health services.
Our challenge is to mobilize our membership and the public and to set back these plans to undermine the delivery of healthcare.
We have done it before. We can do it now.
The Executive Committee of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE.
A MILITANT RESPONSE IS NEEDED TO MEET THE THREAT TO PATIENT CARE “ OCHU/CUPEThe ﬁrst step is to inform our members about the threat to the delivery of healthcare services posed by the plans of the PC government.
Local Leaders’ Briefing:
A teleconference call for local union executive members and stewards will be held on Monday February 11 at 7 pm
We will review the restructuring that the government has planned and talk about the actions that the allies of the health care system propose to protect it.
We will provide a teleconference number to all local presidents.
A teleconference call for members will be held on February 19 at 7 p.m. All members will be called at home.
ACTION PLAN TO FIGHT THE RESTRUCTURING:
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How can we build Labour Power in Durham Region? Save the Date for an important upcoming discussion on how we can work together to fight back, make gains, and build solidarity. Much more info to come including Agenda, Location, how to RSVP and a pre-survey. This meeting is open to any union/labour leadership, activists, political action chairs in our area!
Under the Doug Ford government, there is a lot at stake for labour and communities throughout Ontario.
Labour and community allies must be at the forefront of the Ford Resistance.
On Tuesday, March 19, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Durham Region Labour Council are hosting a Regional Activation Meeting in Oshawa. We are inviting all labour and community activists and leaders across the Durham Region.
Whether we are fighting for decent work, in support of public education, against cuts and the privatization of public services, or to standing against hate, labour’s vibrancy and activism remain critical to protecting and advancing collective bargaining rights, public services and social justice.
We have fought and won before. We will do it again. Let’s get organized to win!
The regional activation meeting will:
If you love the Oshawa Santa Claus Parade like we do, then please join us and volunteer – we’ll definitely find a spot for enthusiastic Santa lovers. CUPE 218 and Durham Northumberland CUPE District Council are looking for helpers for this event. Check it out!!!
Happy Labour Day to all! Now more than ever, we need to talk about how unions have strengthened the middle class and worked to even the playing field. And we need to continue organizing and bargaining forward even in tough times, not only for unions but for EVERYONE. Thank you to all the volunteers and activists with CUPE Council who helped make today’s event at Memorial Park in Oshawa truly amazing! Solidarity!
CUPE Ontario is a proud partner of the We Have Your Back Coalition, which is asking you to share messages of support for children, youth, and educators on the first day back to school on September 4th to let them know that we #haveyourback in the face of Doug Ford’s assault on modern sex education.
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OMERS just had another high performing year.
Let OMERS know we must keep key benefits like guaranteed indexing so we can keep up with cost-of-living increases and live with dignity after we retire.
Send them a message here: https://cupe.on.ca/omers-guaranteed-indexing/
Dear OMERS Sponsors Corporation Chairs,Now that I have the details of the proposed changes to my OMERS pension plan that will significantly impact my retirement, I am writing to strongly urge you, and all the representatives on the Sponsors Board, not to proceed with the implementation of the following changes:
After yet another high performing year, OMERS is well ahead of schedule to be fully funded by 2025, keeping our plan in a strong position to maintain all core benefits.
Implementing conditional indexing will allow you to remove indexing for years after the date of implementation until the pension plan meets specific conditions – some of which will be decided at a later date, behind closed doors and based on a financial management strategy that has not even been created yet.
We understand that some of the conditions being proposed include that indexing would continue only when OMERS is above 105% fully funded AND that the implementation of indexing won’t cause the plan to go below 105% fully funded. In other words, the plan would likely have to be 108-109% funded for retirees to receive their indexing.
This means that after the changes come into effect, it will be impossible for members to know when they will receive indexing, when they won’t or if they will at all, which is a huge loss of pension security. My costs for goods and services will go up every year, but I won’t know if my pension will keep pace.
The proposed changes to how the accrual rate is calculated would also mean a substantial loss in benefits for many plan members.
Right now, calculating our pension is done by multiplying years of service by an accrual rate of 1.325% for salaries up to the current Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) of $55,300 and by two percent on wages above that amount. The proposed changes would raise this salary threshold by 14% before increasing the accrual calculation to 2%. This will mean that my pension earnings will grow at a significantly slower rate. The result will be a lower pension for anyone currently earning above the YMPE. A member earning at the proposed threshold would see a six percent reduction in their pension from this change alone.
Changes to early retirement mean that even if a person has worked for more than 30 years, or has attained their “90 factor”, they cannot qualify for unreduced early retirement until they reach 60. This is punitive for those who have dedicated their working lives to their job and have paid into their pension on every pay cheque for 30 years.
Most OMERS pension members make modest salaries, but we defer a portion of our wages to the plan because we know a decent and secure defined benefit pension is critical for our retirement. We also know that our modest salaries turn into modest pensions. Maintaining these secure benefits are critical to us keeping up with the constant increases in the cost-of-living once we retire.
I know the current proposal comes out of a Comprehensive Plan Review based on worst possible case scenarios of the future. Any attempt to reduce OMERS’ current benefits puts my own retirement planning in jeopardy. That is not a possibility – that is a fact.
I am asking all members of the OMERS Sponsors Board to do the right thing and vote against these proposed plan changes and I ask that you ensure this correspondence is shared with your fellow board members.