The Government of Ontario brought in a new regulation on April 1 that authorizes public health boards to disregard collective agreement provisions respecting work deployment or staffing so long as the action taken is a “reasonably necessary measure to respond to, prevent and alleviate the outbreak” of COVID-19.
As you know, the provincial government is moving forward with what they are calling a “modernization” of the public health system in Ontario. This update will provide you with the most recent information we have on the government’s consultation process, and CUPE’s plans to respond.
Reduced provincial funding will mean real cuts to public health. And, funding cuts always translate into cuts to the support staff who keep public health agencies running smoothly, and to the front-line workers who provide the services that protect our communities.