Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

September 08, 2010 10:28 ET

Literacy and Unions-Building Stronger Voices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - Canada's largest union is celebrating international literacy day. "Literacy and essential skills programs help workers develop new skills for a changing workplace, they enable workers to better participate at home and in their communities," says Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

CUPE's Literacy Program is celebrating 10 years of literacy activism. Since July 2000, CUPE has worked with employers, governments and educators to develop workplace-based literacy training.

"We live in a world where computers have changed the way people work. Restructuring and privatization can threaten jobs. The need for training and upgrading has never been greater," said Sylvia Sioufi, CUPE literacy program coordinator.

CUPE aims to set up programs that meet its members' unique needs. Workplace education programs offer courses in such things as writing, reading skills, numeracy and basic computer training. "From helping our members and their employers rewrite collective agreements in clear language to cutting jargon at work and in the union, CUPE's Literacy Program is changing how the union and its members interact," added Sioufi.

"Workplace education is a right and we challenge all employers to share the responsibility in providing it," said Moist.

Contact Information

  • Pierre Ducasse
    CUPE media relations
    Sylvia Sioufi
    Coordinator CUPE Literacy Program