Michael Hurley has been re-elected to the Executive Board of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario at the union’s 45th annual convention in Niagara Falls. Hurley, who is also President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), was re-elected as 1st Vice-President by an overwhelming majority.
He joins CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan, Secretary-Treasurer Fred Hahn and other Board members from across the province in leading Ontario’s largest union representing 220,000 members.
Over 1,000 delegates at the convention gave the Board a mandate to intensify pressure on provincial and municipal governments to reinvest in strong, accessible public services and stop privatizing out these services at taxpayers’ expense.
“With the Ontario economy flagging, working families across this province need access to health care, municipal services, schools, social services and post-secondary education to maintain a decent quality of life,” said Hurley. “Investment in public services is an important strategy for creating good jobs in communities across the province that have been devastated by the massive loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector.”
Hurley added that CUPE Ontario will continue to educate politicians and the public that public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out of public services, be they health care, home care, hospitals, water treatment plants, arenas, libraries, winter control or roads maintenance “will only destroy, not improve, such services by turning taxpayers’ dollars into corporate profits.”
For more information, contact:
Michael Hurley CUPE Ontario 1st Vice-President 416-884-0770
Valerie Dugale CUPE Communications 647-225-3685