It’s Time to Take a Stand!

Displaying DAY OF ACTION MEME.JPGNiagara’s local public hospital and home care services are at serious risk from cuts, closures and privatization.Together, we can save our services.
Friday, May 22, from 12 p.m.Rally @ Jim Bradley’s office, 2 Secord Dr., Unit 2, St. Catharines
Bus/carpool pick-up times and locations
Port Colborne: 10:30 a.m. Food Basics, 124 Clarence Ave.
Welland: 11 a.m. Farmer’s Market, 50 Market Sqr.
For more information and/or to register for a seat: contact Sue Hotte 905-932-1646

Truth and Reconciliation Closing Events in Ottawa

 We are calling for a participant who would like to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Closing Events in Ottawa from May 29- June 3, 2015. If you are interested in attending, CUPE 4207 would like to support you!

For more than 120 years, tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were sent to Indian Residential Schools funded by the federal government and run by the churches. They were taken from their families and communities in order to be stripped of language, cultural identity and traditions. Canada’s attempt to wipe out Aboriginal cultures failed. But it left an urgent need for reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is holding its Closing Event in Ottawa from May 31 to June 3, 2015 to involve people in the process of healing and reconciliation. For more information about the events happening at this gathering please go to This is a four day free event, open to the public (May 31- June 3).

If you would like to attend the pre-TRC workshop, CUPE 4207 will pay your registration fee ($120). The pre-workshop’s aim is to support KAIROS in increasing its Indigenous rights education and relationship building initiatives across the country to help prepare Canadians for the TRC’s final report and to lay the foundation for follow-up work. More information can be found here There is billeting available in Ottawa as well as bus transportation to and from Toronto.

This opportunity is open to all CUPE 4207 members with priority of supporting Aboriginal Peoples. Simply email us at CUPE at and Jodielynn at to let us know you would like to go! The deadline for selection is Friday, May 22 at 12:00pm. CUPE will fund one participant.

Our hope is that when you return from this important gathering you will share your experience with other union members. This can be done in multiple ways such as photos, powerpoint, art, participate in an upcoming TRC educational at Brock, oral or written report. The method of sharing is open! We just want to keep the learning and knowledge flowing!

For more information please contact:
Jodielynn Harrison, Equity Officer, at

Indigenous Solidarity Committee

The upcoming Indigenous Solidarity committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26th from 5- 6:15pm in TH 254. Here is the adgenda for the ISC proposed agenda. The links to further information have been included so that we will have a chance to look at material before we come to the meeting.

After the meeting, we are invited to join an Aboriginal Spirituality class for a bonfire gathering at 6:30pm at the back of Brock (out by Alphie’s Trough). At the bonfire we will have a short ceremony to give good medicine to the hearts before they are planted. For those who wish to attend, dress warmly. After the ceremony the hearts will be planted across the campus (more information on the attached agenda).

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

This Sunday, May 17th, 2015 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. The 2015 campaign highlights the crucial role of allies in the personal development of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people (LGBT ). Please visit for more information.


Strategic Planning Session & Executive Committee Meeting

On Saturday, June 20th at 11:30am in Sankey Chamber we will be holding a strategic planning session to decide on a course of action for the upcoming year. This is a great opportunity for our members to offer their suggestions about actions they would like to see our union take. There will be a lunch provided!

After the strategic planning meeting, the Executive Committee meeting will commence in the same location. Please let us know if you need any accommodations to attend the meetings.

Communication Committee Meeting

The next Communication Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 11-12pm in MCA 323. On the agenda will be:

  • goal setting for the committee
  • selection of educational workshops
  • discussing next newsletter

If you have anything you would like to add to the agenda please email Hope to see you there!

Worker’s Rights Meeting

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN), in collaboration with the Niagara Regional Labour Council, is co-hosting a meeting to discuss worker’s rights in Niagara. The speaker will be Deena Ladd from Toronto’s Worker’s Action Centre.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 27th 6pm at the Goodwill Stokes Community Village, 36 Page Street, St. Catharines. To register, please email

Pride in the Park

On June 6th, 2015, Pride Niagara is proud to present its 4th Annual Pride in the Park Event. Taking place between 12pm – 10pm at Montebello Park in St. Catharines, PITP is an outdoor festival with LGBT/LGBT friendly entertainment. Live musical acts, Family friendly children activities, food and merchandise vendors, a licensed area and more. CUPE 4207 will have a booth present at the event. We hope to see our members come out and support our local LGBTQ community!

Pride Niagara was created to celebrate the diversity and future of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through the coordination of a series of arts & cultural events, including the annual Pride celebrations that empower and support our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. With our success and continued growth since 2010, plans are already underway for Pride festivities coming in June 2015. All of our events can currently be found on our website at For further information please contact Attention Event Director.