Black History Month 2016

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

Martin Luther King Jr., Day 2016

On Monday, January 18th, CUPE Ontario joins with those around the world who will honour the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. As trade unionists, we celebrate Dr. King because of his contributions to human rights and because we have a responsibility to carry on his work. Although some don’t…

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…

On Sunday, leaders and activists of Ontario’s largest union celebrating “Pride in Public Power”

LONDON, ON – Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, including President Fred Hahn and Diversity Vice-President Patrick Hannon, will participate in Sunday’s London Pride parade. “Pride is Political. It is a public manifestation of the on-going fight for fairness and equality. And it is an important way to support our members…

CUPE Ontario Membership makes historic change for equality at Solidarity against Austerity Convention

TORONTO, ON – Members of Ontario’s largest union took a historic step last week, changing their union’s constitution to ensure broader diversity on its executive board, which will enhance the union’s work against the austerity agenda. Delegates to the 52nd annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted overwhelmingly to expand the…