Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

April 10, 2014 15:50 ET

Media Advisory: On April 11, social service workers invite local MPPs to "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 10, 2014) - Across Ontario on April 11, frontline workers who deliver vital social services to Ontarians are meeting their MPPs to discuss the importance of strong, public social services and describe the effects that years of government austerity budgets have had on the people and communities they serve.

Scheduled to meet MPPs are representatives from five social services sectors: children's aid societies, child care, community agencies, developmental services and municipal social services. The day's events have been organized by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

"Ontario has a growing and aging population and a growing economy. In an era of austerity budgets and growing inequality, vulnerable people rely increasingly on the very services that are being cut," said Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, Chair of the CUPE Ontario's Social Service Workers Coordinating Committee.

As frontline workers in social services, CUPE member are uniquely placed to understand the needs and pressures of Ontarians who use and depend on social services. In the meetings that are the focus of "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," workers will urge MPPs to reject a government budget that reduces the real level of services and instead vote for one that preserves, strengthens and restores social services that have been cut.

Please see the attached table for Walk a Mile in My Shoes meetings with MPPs taking place in your area.

Social Services meet MPPs for "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" - April 11, 2014

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will take place at the MPP's constituency office.

For interview opportunities with a CUPE social service worker, please contact: Mary Unan, CUPE Communications, 905-739-3999 ext 240 or 416-206-5609.

MPP and constituency Date, time and location (if other than constituency office) CUPE Social Service worker
Percy Hatfield
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. Michele Calswell,
Windsor Developmental Service Worker
Taras Natyshak
April 11th at 11:00 a.m. Mary Sue Hayes-Gibson
(Windsor CAS)
Teresa Piruzza
Windsor West
April 11th at 1:00 p.m. Mary Sue Hayes-Gibson
(Windsor CAS)
Rick Nicholls
April 11th at 8:30 a.m. 111 Heritage Road, Suite 100
Srila Perine,
Developmental Service Worker
Bob Chiarelli
Ottawa West—Nepean
April 11th at 4:00 p.m. Andrea Stadhard
Jim McDonell
South Glengarry
April 11th at 11:00 a.m. Warren Fitzpatrick
Laurie Scott
Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock
April 11th at 3:00 p.m. Phyllis Baker
John O'Toole
April 11th at 9:00 a.m. Jill Coffey
Jerry Ouelette
April 11th at 11:00 a.m. Theresa O'Donnell
Sylvia Jones
April 11th at 11:00 a.m. Racehelle Heeremans
Jeff Yurek
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. Janice Oldham & Todd Rowley
Paul Miller
Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. 289 Queenston Road, Hamilton Jim Beattie,
Developmental Service Worker
Toby Barrett
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. Jennifer Kirby
Monique Taylor
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. Leslie Smith
Bob Bailey
April 11th at 10:00 a.m. 836 Upper Canada Drive, Sarnia Brian Biggers
Mitzi Hunter
April 11th at 11:45 a.m. Unit 109-4117 Lawrence Avenue East
Aubrey Gonsalves, Toronto CAS

Contact Information

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees
    Mary Unan
    905-739-3999 ext. 240