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TORONTO, ON – An unmistakable pink bus will lead members of Ontario’s largest union in this Saturday’s Dyke March in Toronto. The bus, belonging to CUPE Local 966, will provide support to the marchers, but also help draw attention to the ongoing strike in the Region of Peel.

“CUPE Ontario members are in the Dyke March to recognize the strength and contribution of lesbian women to our communities, our workplaces and within our union” says Fred Hahn, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “We also want to recognize the strength of the women who are on the picket lines in Peel fighting for equality.”

Local 966 members from Ontario Works/Human Services, TransHelp and Public Works are currently on strike seeking a contract that is consistent with those given by municipalities within the region. The Ontario Works/Human Services unit has been out longest and most of its members are women. They provide services relating to employment, child and health care, court support and immigration settlement.

“This has been a good spring for LGBTQ people with the passing of anti-bullying legislation and Toby’s Act. We’re calling on the Region of Peel to cap it all off by showing respect and equality to working women,” says Denise Hammond, CUPE Ontario executive board member and President of Local 1281.

WHO: CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and CUPE members
WHAT: Dyke March
WHERE: Church Street & Hayden Street, Toronto
WHEN: Rally 1:00 p.m.; March 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30


For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316