Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

July 10, 2014 10:54 ET

Durham workers stood strong for a fair contract

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 10, 2014) - After two weeks of standing strong against a list of concessions, members of CUPE Local 1764, employees of Durham Region, ratified a collective agreement, ending their strike.

"CUPE Ontario congratulates the members of Local 1764 for their resolve and their decision to stand strong against employer concessions," said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.

Hahn stressed the importance of solidarity in the fight for a fair contract. "Across the province, working people are being told that somehow we are the ones that need to have less for our futures, less for our communities, less for our children. The courage of these workers is a testament to what working people can do when we stand together."

Since the strike began, CUPE Ontario and dozens of locals from across the province have supported the Durham workers with solidarity rallies and visits to picket lines. Strong demonstrations of support also came from other region employees - most visibly from nurses who joined the picket lines on their lunch hour - and from the Durham Region Labour Council, Unifor and other unions.

"When any local, of any size needs the rest of our union we are there. The strong show of solidarity throughout the community and labour movement sent a clear message that we will stand together," said Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario.

"Municipal elections will be held across Ontario this fall, and CUPE Ontario members will not stand idly by in the face of concessions and cuts to the public services our members are proud to deliver," said Misty Gagne, chair of CUPE Ontario's Municipal Employees Coordinating Committee.

CUPE is Ontario's community union, with members providing 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.

Contact Information

  • Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications
    416-576-7316