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Happy International Women’s Day!

For women and for our union, not one step back

Mar 1, 2017

group of women's legs from the knee down with the slogan "not one step back"

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD).

Across the country, CUPE members are participating in community events celebrating women’s activism and reaffirming our commitment to gender justice. And this year, CUPE members and women around the world have a very clear message: Not one step back.

Recent events in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world demand that we remain vigilant and continue to resist all forms of oppression. We are witnessing an increase in hate crimes, and we know that women marginalized by racism, colonialism, ableism and homo/transphobia are disproportionately affected.

The Trudeau Liberal government presents itself as feminist, but it drags its heels on the actual issues that women care about, including pay equity, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and others. The Trudeau government’s actions on health care and child care fall far short of what’s needed. And while the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan is a big win, the omission of caregiver and disability “dropouts”from the calculation is a form of pay discrimination that mostly hurts women.

Take action: Not one step back

CUPE has joined a campaign by the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and over 100 other organizations calling on the federal government to Step Up for Women’s Equality. CUPE encourages members to write their MP, tell friends about the campaign and join on social media, using #StepUp4WomenCA.

CUPE’s new poster for IWD features the militancy and leadership of marginalized women. The poster shows women from different communities united and advancing together in the fight for gender justice and declares, “not one step back.”

  • Download your poster today! You can use these at union, workplace and community events.
  • Take a photo of yourself with the CUPE IWD poster and use social media to say what you want the federal government to do.

Check out these additional resources:

On International Women’s Day, we declare “not one step back.” And we commit to regaining ground on justice for all women.

This was the spirit on January 21 when over four million people marched for women’s rights in the U.S., with hundreds of thousands more marching around the world.

We vow to keep marching. Not one step back.

Content from CUPE National

March 8th, 2017|

**Attention Active CUPE 543.1 Members – Ratification Vote on 27 February 2017***

At 12:55PM on 23 February, 2017, the Bargaining Committee for CUPE 543.1 reached a tentative agreement with the Corporation of the City of Windsor. The agreed to package is subject to ratification votes by active CUPE 543.1 members and the City of Windsor Council.

Please see the attached flyer for the ratification details for CUPE 543.1, including details on ID requirements:


February 23rd, 2017|

Green Shield Co-Pay for CUPE 543.1 Members (City of Windsor)

To all CUPE 543 City of Windsor Members and City of Windsor Retirees:


The Local has been made aware that members getting their prescriptions filled over the last few days have been charged an incorrect co-pay amount (over and above the current co-pay fee). The Employer has been apprised of this and is now working with Green Shield to rectify the situation.

It has not been determined when or how reimbursement will occur. For all members and retirees who are affected by this error, please retain a copy of your receipt until you have been reimbursed.

We will post new information as it becomes available.

3 FEB 2017



Green Shield will be compiling a list of affected individuals and reimbursing members directly. Please contact the Local if you do not receive a refund.

7 Feb 2017

February 3rd, 2017|

Outsourcing Caretakers Results in an Ann’l Loss of $1.25M Yearly to Windsor

January 14th, 2017|

Polling Results of Windsor Residents re Outsourcing caretaker jobs at Huron Lodge


January 13th, 2017|

Outsourcing Caretakers Threatens Level of Care…


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Open Windsor Star Link

Resident Video Link

January 10th, 2017|

***IMPORTANT UPDATE – CUPE 543 Bargaining*** Updated 09 February 2017





Bargaining Update for CUPE 543.1

(City of Windsor) Members


A conciliator from the Ministry of Labour has been assigned to help facilitate talks between CUPE 543.1 and the City of Windsor.

Talks will take place on 22 and 23 February 2017.


09 Feb 2017


To all of our Members who work for the City of Windsor.

To date, the Negotiating Committee has met with the Employer on seven occasions to bargain our next Collective Agreement. Our last bargaining date for the year occurred on 05 December 2016.

While a number of items remain outstanding, there has been some progress made at the table. Both sides have committed to get back to bargaining again in the New Year. Our next bargaining date is 09 January 2017.

Your Union is committed to bargaining a fair Collective Agreement for you, our members.

CUPE 543 would like to wish all of our members and those whom our members serve a safe, happy, and enjoyable holiday season. We will provide you with further bargaining updates in the New Year, as we are able.

In solidarity,

Mark Vander Voort



as of 15 December 2016


December 15th, 2016|

City of Windsor Caretaker Colleen Watson-Ruckle Shares Her Story With the Windsor Star


September 20th, 2016|

United Way Back to School Donation Drive 2016


September 20th, 2016|

Canadian Red Cross: Alberta Wildfires Relief Effort

CUPE Local 543 is encouraging all Members and Windsor-Essex Residents to donate to the Red Cross Fort McMurray Evacuee Relief Effort.

Please see the CBC (matching donations) link and Red Cross article below.


Please note that the Government of Canada has agreed to match individual donations in aid of Fort McMurray residents:

CBC News Story: Fort McMurray donations to the Red Cross to be matched by Ottawa, Trudeau says



The Red Cross responds to Alberta fires

The Canadian Red Cross has mobilized to help the people affected by wildfires in Alberta. Massive wildfires have triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history, and due to high temperatures and wind the situation has the potential to become more serious. 12 communities, including Fort McMurray, are currently impacted by the fires, which have damaged and destroyed homes and property.

When people evacuated their communities, they left not knowing if they would have homes to return to. Evacuated residents find themselves in need of a place to stay, food, water and basic supplies.

The Red Cross has a network of highly-trained volunteers who are there to help, and we’re actively scaling up our operations in response to the fires. We are supporting registration, family re-unification, assisting in shelters in Edmonton and Lac La Biche, as well as providing accommodation and basic necessities like food and water. Specially-trained volunteers are providing care and comfort to those who have suffered emotional trauma. Additional personnel are on standby and ready if needed.

We will be working alongside those affected not just today, but for the weeks and months and even years that follow as they recover.

Canadians looking to help can make a donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal, which will help us deliver assistance to those who need it.

If you have been evacuated, or are looking for family members who have been evacuated, register online or by calling 1-888-350-6070. Registering helps response organizations, like the Red Cross, provide support as well as helps reconnect family members following the evacuation.

Looking for more information about wildfire safety? Learn how you can be prepared for forest fire emergencies.
May 6th, 2016|