CUPE LAUNCHES NEW DISABILITY RIGHTS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

CHARLOTTETOWN –Canada’s largest union is launching their new disability rights awareness campaign on December 3rd. The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ national campaign is “A Solidarity of Abilities”, championed by the union’s Persons with Disabilities National Working Group. December 3rd is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, established by the United Nations to create awareness, understanding and action for the legal and social rights of persons with disabilities.

“Disability changes lives. It happened to me, it could happen to you”, says Ann Ramsay, the PEI representative and co-chair on the National Working Group. “I am very proud to be the PEI spokesperson for this new campaign. “A Solidarity of Abilities” showcases our members with disabilities who are dynamic people on the job and in our communities. We also want to develop partnerships with community groups that advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. As this is just the beginning of our campaign, I would encourage all Islanders to stay tuned for more to come on this very important issue.”

“Workers need to know that they have the right to have their disability accommodated in the workplace. It’s a legal right, it’s a human right and it’s a matter of social justice”, affirms CUPE PEI president Lori MacKay. “I’m speaking not only on behalf of CUPE PEI, but as an Islander, in saying we must do all we can to ensure persons with disabilities can access employment with support from their communities. Working together, we can create work environments where people of all abilities continue making great contributions. Our Division executive and the rank and file members on our Equality Committee support this important campaign.”

The six-month campaign will raise awareness of disability issues and provide tools to help ensure the rights of workers with disabilities are understood and upheld.

Watch for the CUPE PEI ad featured in the December 3rd edition of the Guardian and the campaign poster featuring four CUPE members, showing their “mettle”

Other campaign materials are available at cupe.ca/disability-rights.