Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

August 30, 2013 09:31 ET

Celebrating communities on Labour Day

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - This Labour Day, unions are celebrating the important contributions working people make to the economy and to communities across Nova Scotia.

"Unions make a positive difference in everyone's lives, and have a direct impact on local economies," says CUPE Nova Scotia president Danny Cavanagh. "Our members deliver public services in every corner of the province, and in every community. As local residents we spend our money directly in the community."

CUPE members are the backbone of our health care, municipal and social services, and a vital part of our schools, colleges and universities. They provide senior and child care, safeguard our water supplies, and keep roads and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. CUPE members make our communities work.

As members of a social union, CUPE members help pave the way for improvements in labour standards, health and safety and quality public services for all. Unions fought for and achieved things like the 40-hour work week, fair and equitable wages, pensions, paid vacations and sick leave. And what they won for themselves, they won for all workers.

"This Labour Day, we will be showing the strength of our unity by participating at events in record numbers. It will be a day to underscore the important role unions play in building and maintaining the social fabric of our lives," says Cavanagh.

WHERE: Cavanagh will be attending the Yarmouth Labour Day Picnic at Frost Park from 11am to 2pm where there will be a barbecue, live music and entertainment for children.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Nova Scotia
    Danny Cavanagh
    902-957-0822 (m)

    CUPE Communications Representative
    Gaelle McNeil
    902-471-8923 (m)