Welcome to CUPE 2204

Due to COVID-19, all CUPE offices are closed and CUPE staff are working remotely. To contact your local, please email cupe2204@gmail.com.

Questions about Vaccination Policies? Contact the local cupe2204@gmail.com or 6135524659

Employment Insurance and federal pandemic benefits: Q&A

Oct 22 2021 Reopening Ontario UPDATE

CUPE ONTARIO (Oct 13 2021) Vaccine Policy Info CUPE Townhall  

Following strikes: Quebec to raise pay of daycare workers 

Sign Petition to tell Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce to sign the child care agreement

“Once again, a Liberal government has introduced a national plan for affordable child care late in its term. And, once again, a Conservative leader has promised that, if elected, he’ll kill it.” Read More

A Scary Possibility: Conservatives pledge to replace the Liberals’ child-care program with cash for parents

PEI signs historic child care agreement with Federal government

Advocates Call on Ford Government to Make Universal Child Care a Reality in Ontario

Cities pressure Ontario to join national child-care plan

Child care centres, parents call for updates to COVID-19 rules in Ontario

A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR CHILD CARE IN OTTAWA – Joint statement from CUPE 2204 and Child Care Now Ottawa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take the NDP’s pre-election Survey 

Tiny shoes and lowered flags: Memorials spread for 215 First Nations children found buried in mass grave in B.C.

 

Forgotten on the frontline: A survey report of Ontario’s early years and child care workforce

 

From the Ministry of Education Spending Review:

“Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office released their annual review of the Ministry of Education’s spending. They found:

– The Province’s base child care funding is currently projected to grow by only 1.1% a year, below the rate of inflation and growth in the child-age population.

– Cost-share changes that the Province is imposing on municipalities will total nearly a $134 million annual cut to child care by 2022-23, growing to $160 million by 2026-27.

– The Province’s promise of “30,000 new child care spaces” has stalled. Only 800 new child care spaces were built since 2019 and since the pandemic Ontario has faced the first net loss of child care spaces in over a decade.

The Ford government is incapable of leading on child care or even governing child care responsibly. We need a strong federal plan that ensures new federal child care dollars are well spent in Ontario.” -Quote from CCNO

Click here to see the full report

 

Read the OCBCC and AECEO’s Open Letter to Premier Ford: Protect and Respect Early Childhood Education and Care.

 

WHO

We are early childhood educators, cooks, cleaners, clerical and administrative staff, co-ordinators, home visitors, resource teachers and integration advisors, teachers and supervisors and bus attendants working in specialized preschool settings. We are the front line workers.

WHAT

Together we are the union. We work in community-based child care and parent-staff co-operative programs in Eastern Ontario. We currently represent 300 staff employed in 13 different child care agencies.

At CUPE Local 2204, we’re one of the more than 2000 locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union. Nation-wide CUPE represents more than 500,000 public sector clerical, technical, blue collar, and professional workers, employed throughout Canada by airline services, the CBC, hospitals, libraries, municipalities, nursing homes, public utility commissions, school boards, social service and child care agencies, and universities.

CUPE National’s many departments – Research, Communications, Equal Opportunities, Education, Health and Safety, Job Evaluation, Legal and Legislation, Organizing and Servicing – are staffed by persons with skills that provide our locals with the resources to be more effective.

WHY

Having a union has been an effective vehicle for achieving significantly improved salaries and benefits. In addition, it has provided us with an effective voice in the workplace and in the larger child care community. We have worked with our parents, Boards of Directors and local and provincial organizations in our struggle to achieve a high quality, universally accessible not for profit child care system. We, as a union, remain committed to this goal. It is not unusual that unions have led the way for advances in the broader community and this was certainly our experience in Ottawa. In 1986, the union advanced the issue of pensions for child care employees. After another vigorous political campaign, many child care staff now have access to a retirement plan.