CUPE Ontario Year End Message

Today, as we enter the Holiday Season and 2021 comes to an end, we send our thanks to the members who’ve kept our communities going and safe. To all of you working over the holidays as snowplow operators; paramedics; hospital, long-term care and homecare workers; transit operators; hydro workers; development services workers, shelter support staff, and so many other critically important jobs – Thank you!  We hope that every one of our members and staff find some time to rest and recover during the coming weeks. And to experience the joy and wonder that this time of year can bring to us all.  With Solidarity and Respect, and on behalf our the CUPE Ontario Executive Board, we send the very best wishes for the New Year. 

Season’s Greetings

As 2021 draws to a close, we send our warmest holiday greetings to our CUPE family from coast to coast to coast. We are so proud of what CUPE’s 700,000 members have accomplished through the last year. Through pandemic lockdowns and reopenings, CUPE members have kept our communities going. And despite the difficult circumstances, members across the country have stood strong in the fight for fairness, at the bargaining table and on the picket line. We know that public services, and the dedicated workers who deliver those services, will be at the heart of our economic recovery. You can rest assured that in 2022, we will continue our fight to strengthen and grow our public services and ensure no one is left behind. In the spirit of peace and solidarity, we wish you the best for the holiday season and for 2022. Thank you for your hard work, activism, and commitment.

In solidarity,

Mark Hancock
National President
Candace Rennick
National Secretary-Treasurer

36 Reasons to Thank a Union

Did you know that labour unions made the following 36 things possible?

1. Weekends without work
2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
3. Paid vacation
4. Family & medical leave
5. Sick leave
6. Social security
7. Minimum wage
8. Prohibiting employer discrimination
9. 8-hour work day
10. Overtime pay
11. Child labour laws
12. Occupational Safety & Health
13. 40-hour work week
14. Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
15. Unemployment insurance
16. Pensions
17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
18. Employer health care insurance
19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
20. Wrongful termination laws
21. Legislation against age discrimination
22. Whistle blower protection laws
23. Legislation prohibiting employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
24. Veteran’s employment and training services
25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
26. Sexual harassment laws
27. Disabilities legislation
28. Holiday pay
29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
30. Privacy rights
31. Pregnancy and parental leave
32. Military leave
33. The right to strike
34. Public education for children
35. Equal pay – requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
36. Laws ending sweatshops

Election Info for 3 Year Trustee

Don Ferguson

Greetings Sisters and Brothers of 101! My name is Don Ferguson and I am running for the position of 3 year Trustee.I am a member of the custodial staff in the Facilities department and have been with the City since2007 where I started as a casual at the rinks.After two temp seasons at W-12-A landfill, I started my current job at City Hall.
In my time here, I have been an active member in our great union.I have served for about 8 years on our Joint Health and Safety Committee and have attended many conferences to enhance my understanding of my role. I served as a Union Steward and was a Picket Captain during the darker days of our organization. I most recently spearheaded a successful Job Evaluation for my employee group, working with the Evaluation Committee and making our presentation before the Joint Committee. The result was a 2 level increase on the pay scale. I feel confident that all of these actions qualify me to move up in our organization and that the position of 3 year Trustee would be a great place to start. I would kindly ask you for your trust and your vote in the upcoming election for this important position.

Fraternally, Don Ferguson


Tanya Landry

My name is Tanya Landry, and I am running for the position of Union Trustee, a position that I have held for the last three years. We have a lot of work in progress, and I would like the opportunity to see that work through to the end with another term as Trustee. My background with the City has been entirely Financial therefore I have the experience and the knowledge required to complete the trustee reports and get our local caught up. Thank you for your time and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Yours in Solidarity! Tanya Landry