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.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mall Opera Man

They know Robert because he entertains them with music... a music he was never trained in: opera. Robert grew up singing to the radio and in church choirs. Opera is not his bag. Never was. Until one early morning down a lonely corridor at the mall when he just started singing a song. He had no idea what the song was, where he originally heard it, or what type of music it was. He just started singing it. Later someone said, "Robert, are you singing opera?" That's how all this started.

This story reminds the older members of our Local of a couple of singers that were in our midst over the years. George Cirlus worked as a semi-pro singer is one that comes to mind first as he had been one our Trustees many years ago.



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