Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 26, 2012 11:52 ET

CUPE Ontario raises more than $30,000 for striking workers in Region of Peel

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2012) - At its annual convention in Windsor, Ontario, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario raised more than $30,000 in donations from members in less than ten minutes. Deletes also called on the national union to match the funds, which were raised to support CUPE Local 966, whose Ontario Works unit has been on strike since May 3.

"It is always incredible to see the generosity of our members, especially when it comes to showing solidarity with workers who are standing up to an unfair employer," said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. "CUPE Local 966 members give so much of their time and energy to support workers and community groups all over Ontario. These donations are just one small way of letting those workers know how much they are appreciated by us all."

More than 500 members of CUPE Local 966, mostly women, are on strike for respect and equality with other workers in the Region.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our fellow CUPE brothers and sisters in Ontario," said Mary Jo Falle, president of CUPE Local 966. "When you're on the picket line this kind of support is a real boost to your spirits."

Delegates also committed to joining the picket lines in Peel on June 1 to support the striking workers.

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.

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