Solidarity Lunch with CUPE 2073 On Strike!

Hosted by Ottawa CUPE District Council

Workers at the Canadian Hearing Society have been on strike across Ontario since March 6th. These workers provide vital services to the Deaf, Deafened, Orally Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Ninety per cent of the strikers are women, and 40% of the membership come from the deaf and hard of hearing community themselves. They have been without a contract for 4 years and are facing cuts to their sick leave and continued wage freezes.

Our solidarity is crucial to show the workers – and CHS management – that the strikers have broad support in the labour community. Let’s help striking 2073 members win a fair deal!

Join us for an Ottawa-wide CUPE show of lunch-hour solidarity:

When: Thursday March 23rd, noon-1pm
Where: The Canadian Hearing Society, 2197 Riverside Drive

CUPE District Council will be providing food for the strikers. Contact us if you are able to attend and bring members out:

For more information on the CUPE 2073 strike, visit their Facebook page or website. See the attached flyer for more details on the issues.


General Membership Meeting March 22nd

Ottawa CUPE District Council
General Members Meeting
Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
Canadian Federation of Students Office, Boardroom
338 Somerset Street West (entrance at the side of the building, ring doorbell)
Agenda will include:
® Preparing resolutions for CUPE Ontario Division Convention
® Updates from community campaigns
Refreshments will be served.
All CUPE members welcome!
Conseil du SCFP du District d’Ottawa
Assemblée générale
Mercredi 22 mars 2017
Bureau de la Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants (FCÉÉ), Salle de Réunions
388, rue Somerset Ouest (entrez par la porte de côté et sonnez)
L’ordre du jour inclura:
® Préparation des résolutions pour le Congrès du SCFP-Ontario
® Mises à jour sur les campagnes communautaires
Une collation sera servie.
Bienvenue à tou.te.s les membres du SCFP!


Call for support: CUPE 2073 Canadian Hearing Society on strike

On Monday, March 6, CUPE 2073 set up picket lines at 2197 Riverside Drive (near Bank Street). The Local is comprised of over 200 workers, employed by the Canadian Hearing Society at 20 locations across Ontario. There are 23 members in Ottawa. 90% of these workers are women, many of whom are themselves deaf or hard of hearing.

What are the issues that have forced these workers; ASL translators, Social Workers, and Counsellors away from their jobs helping those in our community who are deaf and hard of hearing?

– A contract that expired March 31, 2013;
– No wage increase for four years, although executive pay continues to rise; and
– Concessions – a major claw back on their sick leave benefits!

How can you help?

  1. Join them at their picket line anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They are a very small group who need our help.
  2. E-mail Canadian Hearing Society CEO Julia Dumanian [] and tell her that you support workers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
  3. Show your support at and visit their Facebook page.