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On September 23, 2012, CUPE National President Paul Moist addressed over 300 delegates – leaders of school board locals across Ontario – gathered for a Leadership Meeting in Toronto following the passing of Bill 115.

Bill 115 strips away the right to free collective bargaining of thousands of workers in the education sector and is an unprecedented attack on workers’ rights.

Collective bargaining and defending workers’ rights is the reason unions exist, said Moist. Bill 115 seeks to dictate a predetermined result and we will never accept that.”

The Ontario Premier has also announced that new legislation is forthcoming to prevent free collective bargaining in the Broader Public Sector (BPS).

This is an important time for our union, Moist concluded. Our members are our strength. We will not be silenced, we will not put our heads down and we will stand up and fight for our collective rights.”