Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 19, 2013 09:26 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: CUPE Sault Ste. Marie March of Dimes workers to hold information pickets to protect services from lockout

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 19, 2013) - Local March of Dimes workers, members of Local 1880 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will hold information pickets on Thursday, June 20, at the corner of Northern Avenue and Great Northern Road, to press for a negotiated contract settlement with their employer. CUPE requested the assistance of a provincial conciliation officer to mediate negotiations, following threats of a lockout by management during previous contract talks.

"We are dedicated employees of the March of Dimes, and we've been trying to negotiate a fair collective agreement with our employer for years," said Lori McGrath, CUPE 1880 spokesperson. "We are marching together for fairness and respect, and to highlight the difficulties and threats to our services. We fear for the continuity and quality of our services, and that's why we are reaching out to the community for support."

CUPE filed for conciliation in April, following threats by management to lock the workers out if they did not accept major concessions and a multi-year wage freeze. Talks are set to resume June 27 with a provincial conciliation officer.

CUPE members at the Sault Ste. Marie March of Dimes offer independent living, attendant and support services for persons with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, as well as high-risk seniors within the community. They also offer employment and vocational rehabilitation services to assist people with disabilities to achieve greater independence by providing job training, education and employment.

Who? CUPE members, employees of the Sault Ste. Marie March of Dimes
What? Information pickets to press for a negotiated settlement and avoid a lockout
When? Thursday, June 20, 2013
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12 noon - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where? Intersection of Northern Avenue and Great Northern Road

Contact Information

  • Lori McGrath
    Spokesperson for CUPE Local 1880

    Laura Delhenty
    CUPE National Representative
    705-949-6221 or 705-987-3203 (mobile)

    Alyson Harten

    Robert Lamoureux
    CUPE Communications
    905-739-3999 or 416-993-1063 (mobile)