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WINNIPEG – When CUPE Social Services and Child Care members launched their RESPECT Campaign several months ago, one of their goals was to build community.  For this reason, the Campaign is one of the sponsors for Pride Week in Winnipeg.

As social service workers, we work to improve the lives of the people in our community.  Pride Week events are about doing just that,” said CUPE Local 2343 President Kathy Macdonald and Member Mobilizer for the RESPECT Campaign.  “It’s about being visible, celebrating and building an inclusive society where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and intersex persons (LGBTTI) are treated equally and have access to the same rights that others enjoy.”  It is a celebration of Diversity!!!

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is the only union sponsoring Pride Week.  The Union’s members will be taking part in the parade on June 6th and will have a table set up at the Forks event on Sunday afternoon.

We get respect when we accept and respect all the citizens in our society” says RESPECT Campaign Coordinator and CUPE Equality Representative, Sheree Capar. 

CUPE has a long history of pressing for rights for LGBTTI persons and educates to promote equality in the workplace and society as a whole.  The Union has fought in the courts and won equality benefits for same-sex couples and continues to challenge the inequities that have been built into systems that affect our daily lives.”

Across Manitoba, CUPE represents about 1,500 social service and child care workers who are part of the RESPECT Campaign.  For more on what the union members are doing, go to www.manitoba.cupe.ca.

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For more information please contact:
Kathy Macdonald, CUPE Local 2343 President – #:  942-0343, ext. 214
Sheree Capar, CUPE National Representative – #:  942-0343, ext. 208