Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

December 11, 2012 16:22 ET

CUPE members walk the line with teachers to defend workers' rights and democracy!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2012) - "We will be out on the line with teachers because we know Bill 115 is not about wages, it is about stripping the democratic and civil rights of all working people," said Marcel Walsh, President of the Ottawa CUPE District Council. "Ontario's system of collective bargaining has worked well for years, bringing stability and helping to build our economy and public services."

Last September, the provincial government adopted legislation that put an end to regular collective bargaining for education workers and teachers in passing Bill 115, the "Putting Students First Act".

Bill 115 gives the Minister of Education as well as Cabinet unprecedented powers to dictate the working conditions and terms of employment for teachers and the 55,000 CUPE members who work as education support workers in the school board sector here in Ontario.

Picket support will take place at the following locations on December 12, 2012:

Elgin Street Public School - 310 Elgin Street: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hopewell Public School - 17 Hopewell Avenue: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
First Avenue Public School - 73 First Avenue: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Centennial School - 376 Gloucester Street: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact Information

  • For media interviews, please contact:
    Shellie Bird
    Ottawa CUPE District Council
    613-233-0228