Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own

Members of the Essex County Library workers union have organized a blood drive in support of Kati Wightman, daughter of CUPE 2974 spokesperson Lori Wightman.

The blood drive will take place on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Windsor Blood Donor Clinic at 3909 Grand Marais Road East in Windsor.

Kati and Lori will appear in person on Friday, June 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Kati Wightman, 21, is battling lymphoma and requires transfusions for her fight.

Estevan Aboriginal Day

CUPE 5999 hosted Estevan’s first ever National Aboriginal Day celebration. The event featured a free barbeque lunch, Aboriginal dances, and many community tables. The event was open to everyone in the community.

“Our union is proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day and to host this event in Estevan,” said Wanda Edwards, acting president of CUPE Local 5999. “Today and every day it is important to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples and to commit to the reconciliation process.”

CUPE joins millions across Canada – and the world – to celebrate Pride 2017

This Pride season, CUPE is pleased to applaud the Canadian Senate for passing the long‑delayed Bill C‑16 this week in Ottawa. Bill C‑16 expands the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to add gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination.

For over 10 years, variations of this bill have been debated in Parliament. Today, we can finally celebrate the bill’s passage and take one step closer to equity and justice for all.

Passing Bill C-4 marks progress for labour protections in Canada

Bill C-4, which repeals two widely condemned aspects of the Harper government’s anti-union agenda, was passed in the Senate Wednesday and will shortly become law. The Canadian Union of Public Employees congratulates the tireless efforts of the many activists, unions and organizations around Canada who have been fighting back against these direct attempts to weaken the labour movement and the rights of workers since 2012. Specifically, Bill C-4 repeals two Conservative private members’ bills from the previous Parliament, Bills C-377 and C-525.