PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Social service workers from the Canadian Mental Health Association branch of Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, recently voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The 160 workers who provide mental health recovery and wellness programs for individuals and families in the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton area will now be part of Canada’s largest union.

“We are happy to welcome our newest members to the CUPE family,” said Debbie Oldfield, CUPE national representative. “Our new members are fully aware of what CUPE can do for workers and, now, as members, they will benefit from our experience and resources to help address their workplace issues and concerns.”

“With CUPE by their side, our members will now have a formal mechanism to address issues and have a legitimate voice in improving their workplace,” continued Oldfield.

“Our members provide important services in their community and we will be here to help them improve their working and earning conditions so they can continue to help individuals and families dealing with mental health issues.”

As Canada’s biggest union, CUPE represents over 630,000 members in different sectors, including social services, hospitals, retirement and long-term care, universities, schools, municipalities, transportation and other sectors.


For more information, please contact:

Debbie Oldfield, CUPE National Representative, 905-626-1421

James Chai, CUPE Communications, 905-739-3999