Chatham-Kent Values Library Services

Chatham-Kent is keeping many library branches closed even though Ontario has entered Phases 1 & 2, which allow libraries to provide curbside pickup, home service, limited on-site services, and online services. Many Municipalities around Ontario have opened their libraries far more broadly than CK. Let Mayor Canniff and Council know that you value library services in Chatham-Kent!

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General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, March 18 – Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution, the local is following the lead of CUPE Ontario and cancelling the March meeting.

Local 12 will do our best to help you navigate through this uncertain time. If you have questions, please reach out to your Unit Chair. If you are unsure who your Unit Chair is or how to contact them, contact President Stefanie Yeoman and she will direct you to the appropriate person. You can reach her at or by calling or texting 519-365-1200.

Stay safe!

General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, February 19 at 5:30 pm

Local 12 is accepting donations for Tampon Tuesday at this meeting. All donations will be brought to the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre.

If you cannot attend the meeting but want to participate, donations can be brought to Stefanie at the Chatham Branch of the Public Library, 120 Queen Street, Jen at Public Health, 435 Grand Ave W., or Chelsea at Clinic Services, 177 King Street E. Donations can include sanitary items, deodorant, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, and toiletries.

Election will be held for the executive position of Recording Secretary. Anyone wishing to be part of the Social Committee can volunteer at the meeting. The goal of the Social Committee is to plan a Christmas Party. Discussion will be held around a donation to Home James. An OMERS update will be provided.

Meeting will include a $50 draw. Winner will be selected from all local 12 members. You must be in attendance to win.

See you on February 19!

General Membership Meeting – Wednesday, January 15 at 5:30 pm

This month’s meeting will be at the new date and time: the third Wednesday of every month (except June, July and August) at 5:30 pm.

On the agenda this month is the election of a new Recording Secretary and approval of the 2020 budget. We will also be discussing putting a social committee together, and any other union business as it arises.

The CUPE Local 12 executive is looking forward to a great year!

Bill 124

Ontario’s provincial government has passed Bill 124, which empowers the Ford Conservatives to override collective bargaining and impose settlements that lock front line workers into wages that cannot keep up with inflation.

This assault on hard working people cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged.  CUPE Ontario will work with other unions to build resistance against cuts in communities across the province.

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General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, October 15

At the October meeting, nominations will be taken for the following executive positions:

  • President (2 year term)
  • Vice-President (2 year term)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Sergeant-at-Arms (2 year term)
  • 12.1 Unit Chair (2 year term)
  • 12.2 Chief Steward (2 year term)
  • Trustee (3 year term)

Voting will take place regarding changing the meeting day and time.

Light refreshments will be available.


Communities Not Cuts

The working class is facing unprecedented challenges that threaten our livelihood and well being. The Ford Conservatives have made it clear that they are not above attacking workers. The Ontario Federation of Labour has created a Ford tracker that outlines PC actions to date.

CUPE Local 12 attended the CUPE Ontario Regional Leadership Fightback Meeting in July. The goal of the meeting was to create a regional planning strategy to build the resistance to the Ford Government. To quote section 10 of the Action Plan: “We will win this fight by building a resistance that engages our members, local leaders, staff, and elected officers, and prioritize three issues:

  1. Protecting our public services and fighting against cuts and privatization;
  2. Defending our right to free collective bargaining; and
  3. Fighting against white supremacy and the rising tide of hate.

Included in the Action Plan are ways that CUPE Locals can commit to help in this fight. Visit Communities Not Cuts for more information.

Power of Many Rally – June 7

Details from Linda Reaume, President of the Chatham-Kent District Labour Council:

The Chatham Kent Labour Council, along with the Unifor Labour Cabinet and many other Unions and community activists will be doing a rally in front of Rick Nicholls office on Friday, June 7th from noon till 1:00 PM.

We want to show our community that they have our support in fighting the Ford agenda which affects each and every one of us. Cuts to Health Care, Education, Environment, Special Programs etc will hurt everyone from the very young to the very old. It is time to act.

Please show Rick Nicholls that “The Power of Many” has come to our community and we are taking him on and making HIM accountable.

Please plan to be in the Value Village parking lot at 11:45 AM. We will march from their to Keil Dr and down to Nicholls office on Heritage Road.

Although this is a short rally we will send a very clear message to him. Please bring family, friends, posters, flags so we can show our community that we are supporting everyone who is affected by these cuts.