As the recession continues to claim jobs and lower workers’ morale and confidence, CUPE gains two new groups of workers seeking to improve their working conditions.
“It is very clear the economic downturn has triggered more interest from workers wanting to join CUPE,” said Colette Proctor, CUPE organizing representative. “Our commitment to advance workers’ rights and ensure workers are treated fairly and with respect remains absolute – this has helped our organizing successes.”
In Ottawa, 21 mental health counselors at Horizon Renaissance joined CUPE in order to improve their working conditions. These counselors serve the French community in Ottawa.
Improving working and earning conditions were also the key goals for 31 new members from Northdale Manor in New Liskeard. These workers deliver daily care and services to residents in the retirement home.
“We welcome our new members and we look forward to helping them improve their working conditions,” continued Proctor.