On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake that devastated many buildings and infrastructure. This was an event that the country, already the poorest in the Americas, could certainly have done without. 

The headquarters of the Confederation of Public and Private Sector Workers (CTSP), which brings together twelve unions, was destroyed. 

CUPE, with the support of other unions including PSAC, agreed to invest funds toward the construction of a new building for the CTSP, a project of about $100,000. 

The president of the CTSP, Dukens Raphaël, expressed gratitude regarding CUPE’s contribution. “As we accept this support from Canadian trade unionists, we feel a great deal of satisfaction and solidarity.” 

This serves as a concrete example of international solidarity.