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President’s Message

Welcome to the Online Home of CUPE 1883

Wow, fall is here and winter will soon follow. It has already been seven months since the election, and we have been busy! Two members have stepped down from their role in the Executive, and I want to thank them both for their years of service to our Local. Thank you to Susan Matthews (VP Health and Safety) and Anita Sharratt Geddes (Grievance Chair).

I have a list of things that I was hoping to accomplish as President, but the relatively simple things that I thought I could easily do are not yet done. Our individual members’ issues must take precedence over updating our bulletin boards and getting out a newsletter. We are often dealing with difficult situations ranging from hiring practices to harassment claims.

The political climate has changed significantly in the last few months with the election of the Conservative Party in Ontario.

 There is a fear that Ford’s right-wing politics will bring sweeping reforms that will attack minimum wage, social services, classrooms, hospitals, and threaten our jobs through privatization.

Then, there is the attack on our OMERS. We need to fight back and we need to be prepared.

We will not start bargaining our collective agreement until later next year, but, we need to be organized. Our strength is in our numbers and our solidarity.

I am asking members to become involved, attend our meetings, join a committee, become a steward, participate in training, ask questions, and be a voice!

Unity is strength!

In solidarity,

Noelle Fletcher

President, CUPE Local 1883

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