CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Strike Appeal for North of Superior - Local 3253


The workers of North of Superior programs who provide mental health and other forms of counseling to communities of Nipigon, Longlac, Geraldton, Terrace Bay, Marathon, Manitouwadge and surrounding communities have been on strike since June 26, 2004.

These workers are members of Local 3253 and they have not had any wage increase in over eight years. The employer is offering little to remedy this and mediation attempts to resolve the strike by the Local, representing 30 social service workers in Northern Ontario, have failed and no new talks are scheduled.

A majority of these workers are women, who are the primary or sole income earners for their families - and 20 children, ranging in age from infants to 16 year olds, are affected by this strike.

This is a difficult strike in many ways for these workers – work sites are spread throughout the north, which makes picketing difficult; it is costing a lot in gas money to move around to different strike locations; and after nearly 6 months on the picket lines, winter weather is upon them with no end in sight.

We have to get behind the workers from this local and ensure that they win this strike and we have to ensure they have the financial support to survive and, at the very least, be able too enjoy the holiday season.

This is the only strike we currently have in Ontario, so please give generously. Consider an adopt-a-family, fundraising or simply write a cheque to the strike fund.

Cheques should be made payable to CUPE Local 3253 Strike Fund; and sent to,

CUPE Local 3253 Strike Fund
CUPE Lakehead Area Office
79 Court Street North,
Suite 108
Thunder Bay, ON
P7A 4T7

In solidarity,

Patrick (Sid) Ryan

Brian O’Keefe


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