The Quebec division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-Québec) invites its members and the general public to give generously during the media food drive, the Grande guignolée des médias.
The Secretary General of CUPE Quebec, Denis Bolduc, is concerned about the rising use of food banks across Canada. “The annual study of Food Banks Canada, unveiled last October, indicates a 2.4% increase in the number of Canadians who visited a food bank in March 2012, as compared to the previous year.”
In Quebec, more than 150,000 people per month visit food banks. “That’s way too high,”says CUPE-Quebec President Lucie Levasseur.
“For decades, unions have fought for better conditions — not just for workers, but for all the people of Quebec. The conditions of those in need affect and concern us,” agreed the directors of CUPE-Québec.
Lucie Levasseur and Denis Bolduc would like the Grande guignolée to serve as a reminder to all CUPE locals in Quebec and their 110,000 members across the province to give generously to organizations that support the less fortunate.
More than a hundred media and thousands of volunteers across Quebec have joined the 12th Grande guignolée des médias to collect non-perishable food and cash donations to help those in need.
With more than 110,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is present in 10 sectors, including social services, communications, education, energy, municipalities, Quebec government corporations and public agencies, urban and air transport, the mixed sector, and universities. Nationally, CUPE has over 600,000 members.
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