Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

November 11, 2009 16:30 ET

Labour Unity Key to Curbing Rising Tide of Anti-Worker Actions by Employers

CUPE to join noon hour solidarity rally for locked and fired TD Centre skilled trades workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2009) - Across the province for the past year, employers emboldened by the economic crisis are taking aggressive action against unionized workers. "A unified labour movement, with private and public sector workers standing together is the only way to curb the rising tide of anti-worker attacks, like the lockout and termination of 61 members of the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers (CEP)", says Sid Ryan, the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

Known as the 'Cadillac Fairview 61', CEP Local 2003 members were locked out by corporate giant Cadillac Fairview, the owners of the Toronto Dominion Centre in June. Since then, Cadillac Fairview has 'terminated' the workers and attempted to use a 'third-party service provider' to handle maintenance and skilled trade duties at TD Centre. Through their union, the Cadillac Fairview 61 are currently pursuing a complaint of bad-faith bargaining against the employer. The Ontario Labour Relations Board is preparing to hear the complaint, rejecting several attempts by the employer to persuade the board not to do so.

A key goal of tomorrow's solidarity rally is to press the employer and its owner, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund to negotiate a fair settlement with CEP Local 2003, whose members have an average of 20 years service with Cadillac Fairview.

WHAT: Solidarity rally for locked out 'Cadillac Fairview 61' - CEP Local
2003 members

WHO: Speakers include:

Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario

Barb Dolan CEP Vice-President

Steve Craig CEP Local 2003

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, - 12:00 noon

WHERE: TD Centre, Wellington Street between Bay and York Streets

Contact Information

  • CUPE Ontario
    Sid Ryan
    (416) 209-0066
    CUPE Ontario
    Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications
    (416) 821-6641