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Toronto - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario, will join with other progressive employers across the province in defying a new Tory workplace law forcing employers to post a skewed government brochure and poster telling workers how to decertify from their union.

CUPE is an employer with unionized staff and after consulting with them, we are refusing to put up this unfair propaganda until this government mandates that all non-union employers have to post and disseminate information to workers on how to join a union.

That’s a fair process that would ensure that all workers in the province know what their legal rights under the law are. Unions believe in equity and democracy in the workplace. If this government wanted to ensure fairness for the millions of unorganized workers across Ontario, non-union employers would be required to post material telling employees they have a legal right to join a union,” said Sid Ryan the Ontario president of CUPE.

There are 180,000 CUPE members in Ontario who work for municipalities, school boards and hospitals. CUPE Ontario will send a letter to all union locals asking them to lobby their employer not to post and distribute the Ministry of Labour material.

This new law is just another in a long list of legislation passed by the Ontario Tories that have resulted in poisoned workplace environments and deteriorating relationships between workers and employers,” said Ryan who is also calling on “all progressive union employers to defy this biased law.”

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For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774