Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 14, 2014 11:57 ET

Locals at CUPE NL's 40th annual convention collect $11,300 for 16 strikers in Bonfield, Ontario

CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - Sixteen striking municipal workers in Bonfield, Ontario just got a major shot in the arm from CUPE locals gathered half way across the country in Corner Brook, NL for the union's provincial convention.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, "There was an outpouring of support for these workers who've been on strike since August 1, 2013. Some locals got up and pledged as much as $1,000, while many others pledged $100 or $200 dollars.

"It all added up to $5,650 and then our National Secretary-Treasurer, Charles Fleury, matched that figure to give us $11,300 for these brave strikers," said Lucas.

"We also want to send a message to the mayor of Bonfield - who has been particularly nasty in his treatment of these workers - you chose the wrong union to pick a fight with. CUPE members in Newfoundland and Labrador stand shoulder to shoulder with the Bonfield strikers in their struggle for a fair and reasonable contract," said Lucas.

Contact Information

  • Wayne Lucas
    President, CUPE NL
    (709) 727-2509

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (m)