“When you take one of us on, you take all of us on,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist at a rally for striking Lincoln Humane Society workers in St. Catharines, on Sunday, April 15. On a dark and rainy day, brother Moist lifted the spirits of the picketers and was joined at the rally by community members and supporters.
“You have the full support of CUPE and our members across the country,” continued Moist. “We will be with you every step of the way until you reach a fair contract. Workers deserve respect and fair treatment from their employers.”
Jeff Vreeken, vice-president of CUPE 1287, and Matt Huber a striking member welcomed and thanked the participants for their support.
Other speakers and supporters bringing solidarity messages included CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick; Sue Schmidt from the Niagara District CUPE Council; Frank Ventresca, president of CUPE 4156; and Wayne Gates from CAW Local 199.
CUPE 1287 members have been on strike since February 24.