The fight of Martin Luther King Jr. – as important today as it was when he died

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and work of one of the most well-known leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States, whose work has resonance and importance around the world. This year on January 15, CUPE Ontario commemorates the timeless social justice values we gained from King’s example, including compassion…

Yolanda McClean wins Cliff Pilkey award for her outstanding contribution to the labour movement

“Real power, the power that lasts, the power that makes change happen, is the kind we build on the ground,” Yolanda said in accepting the Cliff Pilkey award for outstanding contribution to the labour movement. “Building power means making gains for all workers and responding to new forms of white supremacy, because the work of…

We will not let the virus of hate spread

Hate crawled up from the sewers of Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and flooded the streets with thousands of white men baring torches and chanting unbelievable hatred. Many thought we were past such horrors, that the days of torches and pitch forks held high by angry white men screaming hate were gone for good. We might…

Ending racial discrimination means overhauling our employment laws: Opinion

By Avvy Go and Chris Buckley March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as named by the United Nations. The day commemorates the lives that were lost during the fight for democracy and an end to apartheid in South Africa. On March 21, 1960, police shot and killed 69 people…

Black History Month 2017

  February is Black History Month. CUPE Ontario urges all its members to take this time to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions people of African heritage have made to Canada and our union movement.   The history of Black Canadians can be traced back to the early 1600s. While some people of African descent…

CUPE Ontario demands government action on racism and Islamophobia

We have been deeply shaken by the Islamophobic events taking place across North America this past week, from the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” to the devastating attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. We are appalled by the Trump administration’s decision to close the American border to refugees. We must not be silent. We must…

Statement on the shootings at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec

We mourn those injured and killed in last night’s shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. CUPE Ontario stands in love and solidarity with Muslim communities everywhere, and with our CUPE brothers and sisters affected by anti-Muslim violence.   CUPE Ontario strongly condemns the attack in Québec and other recent manifestations of Islamophobia in…