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Over 300 healthcare workers from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto recently voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), over issues of fairness, equity and job protection.

Front-line hospital workers are facing increasing workplace challenges due to healthcare restructuring and budget cuts,” said Donna Felder, CUPE organizing representative. “In these unstable times, workers need the backing of a strong national union like CUPE to address workplace issues that affect their livelihood.”

The 300 part-time and casual service employees at SickKids will join their full-time counterparts already represented by CUPE 2816. In Ontario, CUPE represents over 60,000 hospital workers.

Our newest members will have the full support of CUPE and will now have access to resources and expertise to help them address issues that affect them in these tough economic times,” continued Felder.

CUPE is Canada’s largest union, representing over 600,000 members in different sectors, including health care, universities, schools, municipalities, social services, transportation and other sectors.