Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 02, 2016 14:28 ET

Media Advisory: At North Bay's annual Labour Day Parade of Flags and picnic, Nipissing and Parry Sound child protection workers launch fall campaign to defend services for children and families

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO and BURK'S FALLS, ONTARIO and PARRY SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 2, 2016) - On Labour Day, child protection workers from the Children's Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound will launch a series of autumn "actions" designed to build public support and awareness of the importance of defending high-quality child protection services in the region.

Joining labour allies in the annual Parade of Flags and at the waterfront BBQ organized by North Bay and District Labour Council, members of Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will give away bubble-blowing kits to children and will ask fellow participants for messages of support on postcards that members will take back to share in their workplaces.

CUPE members will also use the occasion to gather names on a petition demanding that the province protect services for vulnerable children, youth and families.

The Labour Day action is the first of several planned by CUPE 2049, whose members are concerned about the quality of child protection services that keep children and youth safe in their communities.

Later this month, members will also meet MPPs for North Bay and Parry Sound-Muskoka to share their concerns and discuss the role that fair and equitable funding plays in ensuring that northern Ontario families, youth and children in crisis receive vital services.

"We are looking forward to meeting our friends and neighbours in North Bay on Labour Day," said Debbie Hill, President of CUPE 2049. "We are confident that the people of our region will join us in standing up for child protection services."

Who: Child protection workers and support staff of Children's Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound and their allies
What: At the annual Labour Day Parade of Flags and waterfront BBQ, CUPE 2049 will take part in community engagement and postcard and petition signing
When: Monday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park, 100 Memorial Drive, North Bay

Contact Information

  • Debbie Hill
    President, CUPE 2049
    705-358-5887

    Mark Kotanen
    CUPE National Representative
    647-640-4713

    Mary Unan
    CUPE Communications
    647-390-9839