Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 26, 2012 10:36 ET

Cobourg custodian elected to CUPE Ontario executive board

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2012) - Vern Andrus, a Cobourg resident for nearly three decades, was elected to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario executive board at the union's convention, which wrapped up in Windsor today.

More than 1,100 CUPE members and staff from across the province attended the 49th annual convention from May 23 to 26, voted to re-elect Andrus to represent them as one of six members-at-large on the board.

A member of CUPE 5555, Andrus works as head custodian in an elementary school for the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, ensuring students learn in a clean and safe environment. He also serves as secretary-treasurer of his Local.

"I have been a union activist for over 30 years. I believe now more than ever, we need to continue the fight to protect and save all jobs, especially with the austerity measures of the Ontario Liberals and the trade agreements that are being secretly negotiated by the Harper government," said Andrus.

CUPE Ontario is the province's largest union. It represents more than 230,000 workers in five main sectors: health care, school boards, municipalities, social services and universities.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Craig Saunders