Author: Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley is president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Emolyees).

  • Breaking Point in Long-Term Care in Ontario

    Violence, the Pandemic, and Healthcare Workers The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged Ontario’s long-term-care homes. The majority of the province’s pandemic deaths have occurred in these institutions, where conditions became so dire the province was forced to call on the Canadian Armed Forces for desperately needed help. Those soldiers, in turn, observed conditions so appalling that a … Keep reading »

  • Resist Doug Ford!

    Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, Calls on Workers to Resist Doug Ford. Watch video »

  • The Fight to Rebuild and Improve Public Healthcare

    Analysis of the cuts to healthcare funding in Ontario and what we need to do to secure, rebuild and improve public healthcare for all. Watch video »

  • Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed

    This brief is part of a cross province campaign by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE to alert the public to the dangers to hospital and healthcare posed by a Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government. Keep reading »

  • Will the Ontario Labour Movement Return to Class Struggle as Austerity Deepens?

    The Ontario labour movement is in deep crisis. Some impressive struggles aside, it has been staggering since the end of the great mobilizations of the 1990s. Days of Action was the dramatic class response that emerged in the mid-90s to the radical neoliberal policies and a reminder of the radical potentials of rank and file workers. Keep reading »

  • Childcare Now! The Struggle for Quality, Universal Childcare

    In 1991, 20 per cent of childcare workers belonged to a union. This stands at 21 per cent today. Despite their stated commitment to organize women in the wage ghetto of childcare, unions have essentially forsaken one of the most vulnerable, underpaid and undervalued female dominated workforces in this country. Universal, quality, accessible, free, not-for-profit, … Keep reading »

  • Violence Against Healthcare Workers: A Canadian Experience

    According to healthcare workers interviewed this past year by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the health and wellbeing of the individuals devoted to caring for our health seems to be increasingly at risk from angry, frustrated, or out of control patients. Their experiences are chilling. “Very quickly, the … Keep reading »

  • Work Overload: Time for a Union Strategy

    Talk to workers in any sector, in any workplace and sooner or later they’ll get to their frustrations with their ever-increasing workloads: ‘I’m struggling’, they’ll lament to fellow workers or anyone ready to listen, ‘to just do the job, never mind do it well’. And yet even though few work-related issues seem to generate more … Keep reading »

  • Working Class Politics After the NDP

    Introduction: Crisis in Labour Politics The issue that we can’t ignore this Labour Day is the disorientation in our movement’s politics. List the issues working people are most concerned about today – whether deindustrialization, unemployment and underemployment; access to healthcare, childcare and pensions; poverty, racism, conditions of foreign workers and appalling levels of overall inequality; the … Keep reading »

  • The Assault on Public Services

    Will Unions Lament the Attacks or Lead a Fightback? We are living one of those historic moments that cry out for rallying the working-class to build new capacities, new solidarities, and concrete hope. The crucial question is not how far the attacks on the public sector will go. The real question is how far we will … Keep reading »

  • Bargaining in an Era of Wage Restraint

    Toronto, June 19, 2010. With: Sam Gindin is the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto and active with the Toronto Workers’ Assembly. Michael Hurley is President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario. Resources: Bullet No. 354: The Public Sector: Searching … Watch video »

  • The Public Sector: Searching for a Focus

    As capitalism begins to emerge from the ‘Great Financial Crisis,’ there is good reason for working people to refrain from celebration. Though the roots of the crisis were in the private sector, it’s clear that the bill will be primarily paid via the public sector – which is to say that the costs will be … Keep reading »