Mark Hancock | National President 

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most chaotic times any of us have experienced. This crisis has put many of our jobs on the line. It has created untold amounts of stress inside and outside of the workplace. And it’s created a lot of uncertainty about what the coming weeks and months hold, and what our world will look like on the other side of this great challenge.

If there is one thing I do know, it’s that we will face this challenge together.

CUPE has always been there for our members, and that has not changed. Throughout this period, you can trust that CUPE is still here, fighting for you.

We joined with our allies to lobby the federal government for immediate measures to support workers during this pandemic – whether they belong to our union or not. And we will continue, always, to advocate for workers’ rights.

We are working night and day to make sure employers treat workers with respect.

And from coast to coast to coast, we are putting pressure on employers and governments at all levels to protect your jobs, and the important work that you do.

It has been a difficult few weeks, and the weeks and months ahead will continue to push us all to our limits. But I know CUPE members across Canada will continue to show strength in the face of adversity, like we always do.

I know we will continue to prove the importance of strong, well-funded public services.

And I know we will continue to show the country the unmatched commitment and dedication of our members to their communities, even in the most difficult and uncertain times. Our members are the heroes fighting on the front lines of this crisis.

I want to thank each and every one of our 700,000 members for soldiering through this crisis with strength and determination. You have done our union and our whole country proud.