WINDSOR, ON – Members of Canada’s largest and most progressive union are coming to the City of Roses next week to plan the next steps in their fight to protect the quality public services and good jobs that support communities like Windsor.
Beginning Tuesday, Windsor will host more than 1,100 front-line public service workers for the annual Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario Convention.
CUPE Ontario represents more than 230,000 workers in the province in five main sectors: municipalities, school boards, health care, social services and universities. Over four days, members from across the province will elect the union’s top leadership and set CUPE Ontario’s priorities for the year ahead.
“Ontarians voted for a better, more prosperous province for everyone. Instead, we got a budget that cuts public services, that will kill good jobs and that opens the door to privatization and to more Ornge and eHealth scandals,” says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario. “Ontarians demand better. Communities like Windsor depend on quality public services and good jobs.”
Over the last year, CUPE Ontario has campaigned for increases to social assistance rates, fair taxation, and improved child care, health care and elder care.
“This Convention will be a boost to the Windsor economy at a time when it’s desperately needed,” says Andrea Madden, a worker with the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society and a vice-president of CUPE Ontario. “With unemployment over ten percent, I’m proud that my union has made a long-term commitment to support good jobs in my community by bringing its convention to Windsor.”
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