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McCabe, who ran as an NDP candidate in the 1998 federal and 1999 provincial elections, has a long record of union activism on campuses including Brock Wilfred Laurier and York universities. She worked to organize part-time faculty for CUPE at Wilfred Laurier University, and earlier spent many years with the ITU/TTU Local 91 (now CEP) and AAHW, a forerunner of OPSEU. McCabe is a member of the Peel Poverty Action Group and a past editor of the Meadowvale World community newspaper.

CUPE Ontario is supporting CUPE candidates with a record number of bookoffs and funding where it can, along with encouraging volunteers to work on these campaigns.

If you have not already made a donation or pledged to volunteer on CUPE member campaigns, please do so. The candidates’ information can be viewed or downloaded from the provincial elections section of our website at

CUPE candidates and representatives include:

Henry Bosch (St. Catharines), CUPE 1019, Niagara Paramedical Services

Ric Dagenais, (Ottawa-Vanier), CUPE National

John Grima (Essex), CUPE 82

Henri Giroux (Nipissing), CUPE 146, Cassellhome for the Aged

Shaila Kirbria (Mississauga-Erindale), CUPE 1281, Ryerson Students Union

Pauline Kulhmann (Leeds Grenville), CUPE 5666, Brockville General Hospital

Gail McCabe (Mississauga-Streetsville), CUPE 3903

Nigel Moses (Whitby Oshawa), CUPE 3902, University of Toronto

Catherine Robinson (Durham), CUPE 2936, Ajax-Pickering ACL

Sid Ryan (Oshawa), President, CUPE Ontario

Antoni Shelton (York West), Executive Assistant to the President, CUPE Ontario