OPIRG May Day Updates!

Join us on May 1st in downtown St. Catharines for our May Day workers rally, march, and community gathering!

May Day (May 1st each year) is International Workers’ Day and has a long history connected to fighting for better working conditions, workers’ holidays in Europe and the Haymarket Affair (Riots) in 1886! Join us for our community gathering to show support and solidarity for the ongoing fight for better working conditions and supporting our communities!

St. Catharines (Niagara) May Day Rally, March & Community Gathering is currently being organized by the Niagara Regional Labour Council, Justice for Workers Niagara, OPIRG Brock, CUPE 2977, and many independent community and labour activists! Support for this event is also coming from the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), and CUPE Ontario.

Event Timeline:

  • 10am-12pm – Community organized Affordable Housing Forum at the Niagara Artists’ Centre (see attached doc for full agenda)

  • 1pm – Rally in front of Service Ontario 301 St. Paul St., St. Catharines

  • 1:30 – March to St. Catharines City Hall – bring signs & make noise

  • 2pm-4pm – Workers Community Gathering on the lawn of St. Catharines City Hall (a wide range of labour unions and community groups will be tabling & have activities!)

*More events details are continuing to be planned! Stay tuned for more info!

Get involved! The May Day planning team is currently looking for more people to help out with planning the different parts of May Day and marshals for the day of the event! Getting involved includes a wide range of skills, including arts & sign making, postering, social media, to fundraising, outreach, & more! If you are interested in getting involved ahead of time or being a marshal, please email fairwagesniagara@gmail.com!

If your labour union or community organization is interested in having a table at the May Day Community Gathering, please email info@opirgbrock.com.

For more information about the event and to invite your friends, please visit the May Day 2022 – May Day 2022 – St. Catharines/ Niagara Facebook event (clickable link in the @fairwagesniagara! Attached is the poster for the event, social media graphic, & recommended caption! If you share them, please make sure to tag @fairwagesniagara & @onfedlab!

The May Day 2022 – St. Catharines/ Niagara organizing team

May Day 2022 – St. Catharines/ Niagara is taking place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Chonnonton people and home to many Indigenous people from First Nations from across Turtle Island, Metis, and Inuit people. A key treaty governing this territory is the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. To learn more about the treaties in your area, we recommend checking out www.native-land.ca.

Organizing for Power

Organizing for Power (O4P)

Join members from your CUPE 4207 local taking the Organizing For Power Training to prepare for our next round of bargaining. We need to all build the momentum and be mobilized to show our employer our strength and for our demands to be heard. 

Organizing for Power (O4P) is a free online training and networking program for organizers worldwide. 

This training is led by labor organizer and educator Jane McAlevey, and hosted by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.  This training series focuses on building large majorities in settings such as workplaces, unions, and housing complexes in order to win the toughest campaigns and organizing battles.

This training features new trainers and inspiring campaign stories from around the world. Using mixed methodologies and small-group sessions, participants will focus on developing core organizing skills including: leader identification, 1-on-1 conversations, charting, and structure tests.

Organizing for Power: The Core Fundamentals takes place on 6 consecutive Tuesdays from the 10th of May until the 14th of June. The sessions are 2 hours long for the large audience. We will be having a separate session for our group to work on homework and practice the fundamentals. 

Please let us know if you are interested by sending us an email to info@cupe4207.org and we will add you to the list. 

May 1st Rally!


On May 1, 2022, join the province-wide day of action for a workers-first agenda. 

May 1, or May Day, is the traditional workers’ holiday, a day that working people celebrate the gains they have won over the years and commit to fighting for a better future for everyone. It’s also just 1 month before the June 2 provincial election. 

It’s time for a $20 minimum wage, decent work, affordable housing, well-funded public services, livable income support for all, livable income support, and climate justice!

Join thousands of workers across the province rallying for a better Ontario. 

Our Local will be sending members to three locations. Toronto, Hamilton, and St. Catharines. We will cover travel expenses for members attending the Toronto and Hamilton events. The goal is to have 10 000 workers at Queen’s Park in Toronto and 25 000 workers across the province. 

Please let us know if you would like to take part of this historic moment by filling up the doodle poll.  https://forms.gle/SyBC25bpPk7Fg6vr8

Please note that drinks and snacks will be provided as well, we will take flags, swags, and speakers for chanting. We will raise the demands that matter most to us working people and our communities.

Action in Hamilton: 

Rally @ 12:00 p.m.

Gore Park

1 Hughson St S


May Day Celebration @ 1:00 p.m.

Gage Park

1000 Main St E


Action in St. Catharines 

Rally & march @ 1:00 p.m.

Service Ontario Building

301 St Paul St. 

OUTniagara – Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

Transgender Day of Visibility 2022 by participating in the call for community informed trans health care in Niagara! 

Join OUTniagara and Senior Pride Network Niagara to discuss the following questions about community informed trans health care in our region:

  1. What does supporting Trans Health Care mean to you?
  2. What does an ongoing commitment to Trans Health care in Niagara look like?
  3. What do you want doctors in Niagara to know about trans health care?
For this day we are asking individuals and organizations to join us in three different ways:
  1. Join us at our drop-in event on March 31st between 5pm-6:30pm to contribute to a community jam board on these questions! This event will be facilitated in English, and on-screen subtitles will be available.
  2. Fill in our individual or team colouring sheet handouts (see attached), take a picture, and send it to us at kerry@outniagara.ca or post it on social media & tag us!
  3. Set up a meeting with your team to fill in our individual or team colouring sheet handouts or post them on our office bulletin board to be filled in throughout the day. Share a photo with us of your meeting and the content your team gathers on these handouts by emailing them to us or posting them on social media + tag us! 
** Use the handouts to share your thoughts and practice self-care by colouring in the border and the flowers! We built the handouts to be usable all year round and into the years ahead, so also feel free to continue to use them with your team and clients in reflecting on your personal and/or organizational commitments and relationships to improving trans health care in Niagara.

** The handouts are currently in English, but we will accept responses in any language. If you would like the handout translated to another language, please email kerry@outniagara.ca

** If you or your organization can’t do this on Thursday, but still want to participate in filling in, colouring, and sending us your hadouts (via email or posting+tagging), we encourage you to do so! The information gathered through this event will be used to prepare for future work by various community groups on capacity building around improving trans health care in Niagara as part of the ! As such we are asking that if you are going to submit a picture of your handouts to us, please  do so no later than Monday, April 18th at 1pm to have it included in the report and online materials being built from submissions under our Informed, Inclusive, Indivisible: Collectively Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Equality in Niagara+ project!

For Transgender Day of Visibility, please also check out these Niagara based events:

The team at OUTniagara
Beyond the Rainbow Resource Syllabus: www.outniagara.org/resources/beyondtherainbow
Email: kerry@outniagara.ca
Facebook Page: @outniagara
Instagram: @out_niagara
Twitter: @outniagara

The work of OUTniagara  primarily takes place on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Chonnonton people and home to many Indigenous people from First Nations from across Turtle Island, Metis, and Inuit people. A key treaty governing this territory is the “Dish with One Spoon” agreement. This treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee binds them to share the territory and protect the land. To learn more about the treaties in your area, we recommend checking out www.native-land.ca.

Graduate Student Spaces

Message from GSA –


Join us at The Pond Inlet (with reduced capacities – due to COVID-19 restrictions), each week for graduate student-only study space on the following days and times:

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. – Noon
  • Tuesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.

Did you also know that there are a graduate-student only spaces located on the 6th floor of the Library? This zoned quiet space offers:

  • Graduate Study Room –22 study carrels and two workstations; no pre-booking required
  • Graduate Meeting Room – a meeting space for up to five people that includes an LCD panel for laptop connection. Reserve online through the Library homepage
  • Graduate Student Lockers – 38 lockers are available for individual graduate student use on a first come-first served basis.

Contact the GSA office (gsaoffice@brocku.ca) to receive the access code to enter both the Graduate Study Room and the Graduate Meeting Room.

Equal Pay Day April 12

Equal Pay Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap.

It symbolizes how far into the year the average woman must work in order to have earned what the average man had earned the entire previous year. In Canada, Equal Pay Day is April 12, 2022. Ontario voters want to hear from the four main party leaders how their parties will take action to advance issues they care about.

That’s why the Equal Pay Coalition is inviting Ontario’s party leaders to participate in a province-wide All-Party Leaders Debate on Women’s Economic Justice to mark Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. This is not just a Social Services issue and staff are asked to distribute this memo widely to all Locals and Bargaining Units. Please click on the first attached link to sign a petition to the leaders requesting that they participate in this debate.

Please click the second link for graphics that you can use on social media to highlight Equal Pay Day.

Thank you.
Andrew Hunter
CUPE Social Services Coordinator-Ontario