Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

July 25, 2014 14:59 ET

CUPE Ontario celebrates London Pride

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 25, 2014) - Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario are once again looking forward to celebrating London Pride. Together with CUPE Ontario Diversity Vice-President, LGBTQ, Patrick Hannon, members from across the region will be participating in Sunday's parade.

"We are proud of our long history of leadership in the labour movement on LGBTQ issues. Together with community activists, we have, for years, been at the forefront of the fight to make changes for equality that benefit us all," said Hannon, a municipal worker from Windsor who will march in London Pride for the first time this weekend.

CUPE pioneered the use of collective bargaining to advance equality and anti-harassment policies in the workplace. Members voted at a 1985 convention that their union's policy would be to bargain such language into contracts.

In Ontario, CUPE was part of the fight for equal marriage and full spousal recognition. It brought forward the Rosenberg case, which led the Supreme Court to direct the federal government to re-write the definition of spouse in the Income Tax Act to recognize same-sex spouses.

CUPE Ontario also proudly supported member Martine Stonehouse in her landmark human rights case against the Ministry of Health, when it stopped coverage for gender re-assignment surgery. This important challenge ultimately led to the re-listing of this important health-care support.

WHO: CUPE Ontario Diversity VP, LGBTQ, Patrick Hannon and members from across London area
WHAT: London Pride Parade
WHEN: Sunday, July 27 - parade starts at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Parade starts at Western Fair District Parking Lot, heads north on Ontario Street to Queens Ave., then west to Wellington

CUPE is Ontario's community union, with members providing the quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards and universities.

Contact Information

  • For more information and to arrange interviews,
    please contact:
    Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications