Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 29, 2013 14:21 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE Ontario celebrating 50 years of standing up for fairness

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 29, 2013) - This Labour Day weekend, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will celebrate 50 years of standing up for fairness at events across the province, including thousands of members marching in Toronto's Labour Day Parade.

"As a union, we have a 50 year history of standing up for equality and fairness," says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. "Many of the gains made at the bargaining table are now enjoyed widely in Ontario - things like parental leave, health and safety regulations, a minimum wage. We're proud of this history that has improved the lives of all people in Ontario. On Labour Day we recommit ourselves, in every community across Ontario, to continue to fight for fairness for all working people."

Hahn will march in the Toronto Labour Day parade along with CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick and thousands of local members and leaders.

"I encourage people to take time out this Labour Day long weekend to join us at events in their communities," says Rennick. "Unions have made our communities stronger, and we're continuing that work. Labour Day is the perfect time to reflect on the contributions union members are making in our province."

In Toronto, CUPE Ontario members will assemble on the West side of University Avenue, south of Dundas Street at 9:00 a.m. For a list of Labour Day events across the province, visit cupe.on.ca/labourday2013.

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

WHO: CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick and CUPE Ontario members

WHAT: Labour Day Parade

WHEN: Monday, August 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: CUPE Ontario assembling outside 400 University Avenue, parade runs west along Queen, then south on Dufferin.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange interviews:
    Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications
    416-576-7316
    csaunders@cupe.on.ca