Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 30, 2013 12:06 ET

CUPE Ontario celebrating 50 years of standing up for fairness

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2013) - This Labour Day weekend, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will celebrate 50 years of standing up for fairness at events across the province, including the Labour Day parade in Sault Ste. Marie.

"As a union, we have a 50 year history of standing up for equality and fairness, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. Many of the gains made at the bargaining table are now enjoyed widely in Ontario - things like parental leave, health and safety regulations, a minimum wage. We're proud of this history that has improved the lives of all people in Ontario. On Labour Day we recommit ourselves, in every community across Ontario, to continue to fight for fairness for all working people.

Hahn will march in the Toronto Labour Day parade along with CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick and thousands of local members and leaders.

"I encourage people to take time out this Labour Day long weekend to join us at events in their communities," says Carrie Withers, president of the Sault Ste. Marie District CUPE Council. "Unions have made our communities stronger, and we're continuing that work. Labour Day is the perfect time to reflect on the contributions union members are making in our province."

In Sault Ste. Marie, events kick off at 11:20 on Monday morning and include a parade, fun carnival, motorcycle show and barbeque. For a list of Labour Day events across the province, visit www.cupe.on.ca/labourday2013.

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, universities and airlines.

WHO: Carrie Withers, Sault Ste. Marie District CUPE Council President and CUPE members

WHAT: Labour Day Parade

WHEN: Monday, September 2, beginning at 11:20 a.m.

WHERE: Roberta Bondar Pavilion, 65 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie

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