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On Day 2 of CUPE National Convention in Vancouver, delegates heard heartfelt and emotional stories of how homophobic and transphobic bullying hurts us all – in our schools, in our workplaces, in our union and in our society. And in response, convention delegates overwhelmingly passed resolution No. 114, also covering No. 115, fighting harassment and bullying in society and the workplace.

Speakers to the resolution spoke in full support of the anti-bullying and educational resolution that will see CUPE:

  • support and promote the national anti-bullying day, the Day of Pink, April 13;
  • develop, update and/or distribute materials, that oppose homophobic and transphobic bullying in CUPE workplaces;
  • develop promotional items for Pride marches on the theme of homophobic and transphobic bullying in the workplace; and
  • support Egale Canada’s (“Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere”) Safe Schools Campaign

Fred Hahn, proud and openly gay president of CUPE’s Ontario Division, urged CUPE members to be “champions against bullying in our workplaces and community” and stand up to show that bullying must stop and we can all work together to make it better, referring to the ‘it gets better’ campaign.