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.

Stop the Cuts to Public Health!

Premier Doug Ford and the and the Ministry of Health have announced plans to cut over $200 million in funding to Public Health Units across Ontario and over a billion dollars in coming years.

They have also announced a reduction in the number of health units across Ontario and a funding structure change that will see municipalities carrying a larger burden of funding public health.

These cuts will negatively impact communities across Ontario. Visit CUPE Ontario to tell your MPP that public health saves lives.

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service – North (OLS-North) Facing Budget Cuts!

Library service in Ontario is being threatened, with SOLS and OLS-North announcing they are facing cuts to their budget of 50% or more. These cuts will be particularly devastating for rural, remote and Indigenous libraries.

Visit Save Our Libraries: Stop the cuts to SOLS and Ontario Library Service-North to learn more about the value of SOLS and OLS-North and to sign the petition asking the Ontario Government to reconsider and rescind these cuts to library service.

CUPE Local 12 Hikes for Hospice

CUPE Local 12 has sponsored the 2019 Hike for Hospice event.

Hike for Hospice takes place on Sunday, May 5. Registration begins at 12:00 pm at John McGregor Secondary School. The 5 km Run begins at 1:00 pm and the 5 km walk begins at 2:00 pm, both along the Mud Creek Trail.

All ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend this event. The trail is accessible and pet friendly.

CUPE Local 12 members are organizing a team for this event. The cost to participate is $20/walk and $30/run. Children under 12 can participate for $10. Contact Stefanie Yeoman or Jen Magliaro if you’d like to be part of the CUPE Local 12 team at Hike for Hospice. Your family and friends are welcome to be part of the CUPE Local 12 team as well.

If you’d like to learn more about what Chatham-Kent Hospice does or how donations are used, visit their website.