The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report on residential school abuses was an important step forward in recognizing the injustices First Nations peoples face in our society. Now it’s time to make sure the report’s recommendations are put into action. The CUPE Ontario Aboriginal Council has started a petition asking the provincial government to…

International Day of Pink 2016

Across the province, thousands of CUPE Ontario members recognize the International Day of Pink. We are wearing pink this April 13 as part of our continuing stand against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in our schools and communities. The Day of Pink began in 2007, when two Nova Scotia high school students saw a male…

International Human Rights Day, 2015

Sixty-seven years ago, the world’s governments passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, enshrining the idea that every person in the world has certain fundamental rights. As a union, we celebrate this on December 10 – International Human Rights Day – because the labour movement continues to play a vital role in advancing human rights.…

Emancipation Day 2015

On August 3, CUPE Ontario proudly commemorates Emancipation Day, which marks the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act. The Act ended slavery across the British Empire over 180 years ago, on August 1, 1834. Emancipation Day coincides with Simcoe Day, named for Lt.Gov. John Graves Simcoe, who passed an Act Against Slavery in 1793, ultimately…