Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The following is an appeal for online solidarity from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). It's about the case of 50 women employed by the Catholic social service charity Good Shepherd in Hamilton, Ontario. These workers are asking that the bosses 'ante-up" and show their "charity" and "social conscience" to their workers.
A fair contract at Good Shepherd in Hamilton Une convention collective équitable pour Good Shepherd à Hamilton‏:
(Le français suit l'anglais)
Please take a moment to help 50 women workers who help women and children at a social service agency in Hamilton Ontario.

They're struggling to earn a living wage themselves and are facing a strike or lockout by July 14

What you can do:
• Visit and send a message
• Pass this message on to all your friends
I am writing to urge you to offer a fair contract to CUPE 5167 frontline women’s services staff and prevent a strike that will hurt vulnerable women and children.

As leaders in Good Shepherd Centres, you must lead by example and pay women workers a living wage. Your workers are paid 25 to 30 per cent less than other shelter workers in neighbouring municipalities.

Your staff help women and children overcome emotional, physical and financial difficulties every day. How can you expect them to perform their duties with their heads held up high, when they themselves are struggling financially while working for the Good Shepherd?

This is your opportunity to show and live the Good Shepherd mission statement which proclaims to ‘strive to enhance the quality of life for all who seek assistance and support’.
A living wage is essential to live a quality life.

We urge you to do the right thing for your staff and for the community you serve.
Objet : Une convention collective équitable pour Good Shepherd à Hamilton

Veuillez prendre un instant pour appuyer 50 travailleuses qui viennent en aide aux femmes et aux enfants à un organisme de services sociaux de Hamilton, en Ontario.

Elles ont elles-mêmes de la difficulté à joindre les deux bouts et elles sont menacées par une grève ou un lock-out qui pourraient être déclenchés d’ici le 14 juillet.

Ce que vous pouvez faire :
Visitez et envoyez un message
Transmettez ce message à tous vos amis

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