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.

Mayor Watson: No Pandemic Austerity – Save Ottawa’s Child Care Sector!
Sign the petition here

Tell Premier Ford: These are the actions Ontarians need.
Participate in the CUPE Ontario campaign here

Fix Long-Term Care: support the campaign here and here
Read CUPE National President Mark Hancock’s Appeal to Fix Long-Term Care here


**Updates from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care**


Upcoming Webinar June 2nd at 1:00pm
From Reopening to Recovery: Presentation of the Report and Next Steps

This is a pivotal time for the Child Care and Early Learning sector in Ontario. On May 27th the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario released From Reopening to Recovery: A Plan to Reopen Child Care in Ontario and Moving to a Publicly Funded System which lays out key recommendations to ensure a safe reopening, adequate funding and support for educators and programs, and a strengthened child care system at the core of our economic and social recovery.

From Reopening to Recovery calls on government to treat child care as a priority and provide the funding and infrastructure necessary to ensure the viability of programs, and the safety of children, families, educators and early years staff before reopening child care in this province.

Ensuring that the recommendations are enacted across Ontario will require concerted and determined community advocacy from the ECEC sector and allies. Please join us Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. for this essential Webinar that will provide a presentation of the plan and a discussion on how we can all work together to help make it happen.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You can find the report, executive summary and press release here.

You can tell provincial and federal leaders to support a safe child care reopening here.

OCBCC
http://www.childcareontario.org/

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Ontario Child Care Webinar: Voices from emergency child care and next steps for advocacy

Together with our partners, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, we have begun a new webinar series. In our first Child Care Operators’ Webinar (April 24th) we began a conversation about how the ELCC sector is responding to COVID-19. We heard from three child care operators about how they have been negotiating the challenges. We also heard from our participants about their most pressing concerns.

Resources from the April 24th Child Care Operators’ Webinar:


Add your voice! Early Childhood Educators deserve $4 pandemic pay and decent work

We are supporting the AECEO’s campaign to extend the $4/hr pandemic pay and decent work to ECEs and child care workers in emergency child care.

You can support the campaign with just one-click to send Premier Ford, Minister Lecce and your MPP an email using via our website.

The AECEO is also asking ECEs and early years staff to share their perspectives, concerns and ideas on returning to work. Complete the AECEO’s short survey.


In case you missed it….

COVID-19 Response from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care:

An Emergency Plan for Ontario Child Care in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Show your support for this plan by signing the OCBCC petition

Government of Canada COVID-19 Outbreak Information

Tell The Ford Conservatives And Your MPP To Support Communities, Not Cuts

Click here for more: Communities, Not Cuts Campaign

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Environmental Tip of the Day:
*Encourage parents to bring in nylon wet bags for soiled clothes to reduce single plastic use.
**Recycle paper towel used for drying hands

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.