Members from CUPE 3902 hung a banner demanding “PAID SICK DAYS NOW” over a bridge on the Gardiner Expressway on Wednesday morning.
CUPE Ontario shared a photo of the banner on Twitter, stating that the banner kicked off the Day of Action for the Day of Mourning.
— CUPE Ontario (@CUPEOntario) April 28, 2021
The banner was hung by members of the trade union as part of its Day of Action for the Day of Mourning. The National Day of Mourning honours persons killed or injured in the workplace in Canada.
CUPE says it is “encouraging all members across the province to observe a moment of silence in recognition of workers who have been killed or injured on the job and in protest of the government’s failure to protect them from COVID-19,” according to their website.
The union also laid out its demands for the Ontario government, which include providing paid sick days for all workers, vaccinations for frontline workers, paid time off from work for vaccinations, access to personal protective equipment, and an immediate end to any enhanced police powers that were enacted as part of Ontario’s Stay at Home order.
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The Ford government has repeatedly shut down calls for provincially-mandated paid sick days to combat COVID-19 spread during the pandemic.
Most recently, an NDP bill calling for sick days and paid time off to get vaccinated was voted down in February.
On Tuesday, the province offered to top up the federal sick leave program to double the amount workers receive, but Ottawa said it wants the province to implement employer-based paid sick leave instead.