Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 02, 2012 11:00 ET

Media Advisory: 'No Two-Tier Workplace' rally for striking Lincoln County Humane Society workers Saturday

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2012) - CUPE Niagara District Council will host a BBQ at the 'No Two-Tier Workplace' rally for striking Lincoln County Humane Society workers on Saturday, March 3, to support striking Local 1287 CUPE members. CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn will attend the rally and bring solidarity greetings.

"These workers provide services that matter to this community. At their heart, those services are about caring and respect. Workers deserve at least as much respect as they show every day and a two-tier system simply doesn't do that," said Hahn. "It is time for this employer to come back to the table, show respect to this community and to these workers, and negotiate a fair agreement that puts people back to work." The humane society workers have been on strike since Friday, February 24. Management demands include lower wages for new hires, with no benefits, creating a two-tier workplace.

Who? CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn
Striking CUPE 1287 workers
Supporters and community members
What? 'No two-tier workplace' rally
for striking Lincoln County Humane Society workers
When? Saturday, March 3, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Speeches - 11:15 a.m., BBQ until 2:00 p.m.)
Where? Lincoln County Humane Society
160 Fourth Avenue (corner of Fourth Avenue and Louth Street)

"Workers from our community are here to show support for our striking members' quest for a fair workplace," said Dean Mainville, CUPE national representative. "We are demanding management open their books and show us what happened between 2010, when the shelter had a surplus, and 2011 when management is claiming to have a deficit. The spay/neuter clinic, which largely remains idle, sucked a lot of resources away from the shelter, and now, workers are being asked to shoulder the cost of management's costly decisions. That is unfair and unacceptable."

"The longer the strike continues, the longer the animals from our community will suffer," said Mainville. "We've asked management to come back to the table and, so far, we have not heard back from them."

Contact Information

  • CUPE National Representative
    Dean Mainville
    905-741-7541

    CUPE Communications
    James Chai
    416-292-3999