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Area CUPE Workers break tradition to endorse Ross

Tuesday, June 10, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CUPE LOCAL 16

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Citing Tim Hudak's promise to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs and past Liberal attacks on union rights, support workers at the Algoma District School Board, members of CUPE Local 16, today announced their decision to drop election neutrality and help elect Celia Ross, NDP candidate in Sault Ste. Marie, on June 12.

"Initially our union wasn't going to take a position on who to vote for" said CUPE Local 16 President Mike Galipeau, "but after Liberals attacking workers bargaining rights with Bill 115, and now Tim Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 jobs, we had to speak out.  Celia Ross and the NDP will respect workers' rights and protect public services, so everybody wins and that's where we're putting our trust."

CUPE Local 16 members attending a membership meeting over the weekend voted to pass a motion to endorse NDP candidate Celia Ross.

Part of the 240,000 members of  CUPE Ontario, CUPE Local 16 has approx. 200 members.

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Javaman 6/10/2014 7:14:04 AM Report

You can hardly blame them for not supporting Hudak...the guy who promises to take away their jobs.
Wisenheimer 6/10/2014 8:14:13 AM Report

The jobs he wants to eliminate are through attrition and contract assignments.
Unions usually love this, but feel free to blather on.
Battler213 6/10/2014 8:24:53 AM Report

Wisenheimer - This is true, but you can't explain that to the ignorant that. Most people hear the buzz words and flip out. Reminds me of that scene from the movie Bubble Boy. "IMMUNITIES? THAT BOY GOT NOT IMMUNITIES!. WHATS THE IMMUNITIES?"
Snobank 6/10/2014 9:38:51 AM Report

If that were true you would think Hatrack would have been smart enough to not word it in a manner that would cost him votes. Dumb is as dumb does.
Wisenheimer 6/10/2014 9:55:59 AM Report

Sno ... only low information voters don't know, or care what's in the platforms.
Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 10:23:26 AM Report

The fact is that this province needs to reduce spending on all fronts the tax burden is getting way out of control and spending more money to try and fix that just seems ridiculous. These are tough times something needs to be done. Spending our way out of debt will not work period.
Zenobia 6/10/2014 11:27:07 AM Report

The NDP did not support workers rights when Bob Rae was leader in the early 90's - Public Service unions were forced to sign a 'social contract' which opened up collective agreements and public sector workers were forced to take 'Rae Days' - unpaid days off. Did CUPE forget about this before they decided to support the NDP saying they would protect worker rights?
myself 6/10/2014 11:39:31 AM Report

I,m a member of Cupe Local 16 and do not agree with Mr.Galipeau,s decision to support the NDP. For him to publicly come out and say our local supports the NDP is based on the 10 or 15 members who actually attend the monthly meetings,and in my opinion is a weak representation of our members views. Although I don,t agree with what Liberals have done with wage freezes and the attack of our bargaining rights, I do believe it what was needed to do our part to help the state of our economy. In my opinion a vote for the NDP is a vote for the PC,s for the fact they will not attain enough votes to form any kind of government,hence allowing the PC,s to form a minority. So as a member of Local 16 I,m urging my fellow members to vote for the party that gives us the best chance to at least attain what we have while still doing our part for the health of Ontario and the economy. Vote smart and don,t let others make your decision for you. As for myself, I,m voting Liberal. Bottom line is vote,it does matter!
Twist Of Fate 6/10/2014 12:42:33 PM Report

A vote for the liberals is a vote for more scandals and wasted tax dollars. This province needs change and the liberals are not going to do that for us.
Oreo cookie 6/10/2014 12:43:53 PM Report

CUPE...COERCED UNWANTED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES...and ultimately insignificant.
No support from me.
MYPOINT 6/10/2014 12:48:18 PM Report

As far as I am concerned, there is a huge change required in our Municipal + Provincial + Federal elections. We get screwed over no matter how we vote at the current time.

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS:
It is time to cut the number of ward councillors down to ONE per ward since we do not require 2 from each ward for a city this size AND all city councillors should be voted in on a 'city-wide' basis.
The Mayor's position should be a full time job with the position of Deputy Mayor added to the roster. This would stop all of the crap about who is going to be the 'pretend Mayor' while the real Mayor is out of town etc.

Will this ever happen? Doubtful!

PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS:
The time has come to get rid of all of the political 'parties' because keeping them creates chaos in so many ways. For example, we can not elect the person who is best for this area due to the fact that we sometimes do not like or even trust the 'leader' of the party the local person is representing. This results in vote splitting which hurts the entire Province and ALL of the taxpayers in same.

Will this ever happen? Doubtful !

FEDERAL ELECTIONS:
The time has come to get rid of all of the political 'parties' because keeping them creates chaos in so many ways. For example, we can not elect the person who is best for this area due to the fact that we sometimes do not like or even trust the 'leader' of the party the local person is representing. This results in vote splitting which hurts the entire Country and ALL of the taxpayers in same.

Will this ever happen? Doubtful !

I know there will be detractors to this opinion of mine but these ideas are definitely no worse than others I have read on here from time to time.

As always, your views may differ :)
Hatch 6/10/2014 3:26:39 PM Report

Voters would care more about party platforms if politicians were held accountable for breaking campaign promises.
I'm In 6/10/2014 5:12:18 PM Report

I thought the vote was a secret ballot, so why is everyone telling who they are going to vote for, I'll vote and won't tell anyone cause its none of your/their business. May the best he/she win
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