Andrew Robertson, a Councillor on the Dufferin-Peel Secondary Unit Executive presents a cheque on behalf of the members of DPSU for over $3,000 to Cassandra Robinson, founder of Operation Christmas Cheer at an event to support striking workers of CUPE 4914 Peel Children’s Aid Society. These workers have been on the picket line since September 18, 2016. Operation Christmas Cheer is a registered charity that have been providing food hampers, grocery gift cards and toys for children to union families collecting strike pay during the Christmas holidays. DPSU’s contribution was based on proceeds generated from several member engagement events held over the past year. In addition to the brothers and sisters from CUPE 4914, Operation Christmas Cheer has made deliveries to CUPE library workers in Windsor who have been on strike since June 25th and the 20 members of USW 1005 in Hamilton who have been on strike for 227 weeks. Here’s hoping that they all receive the best Christmas gift of all, a fair and just contract! To that end on the same day that Andrew and Cassandra visited with CUPE 4914, it was announced that a tentative agreement has been reached. Details of the agreement will not be publicly released until a tentative agreement is ratified.
Our 12th Annual DPSU Christmas Open House was held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, inside the Murphy Auditorium in the Educator’s Centre where the DPSU office is located. Over 130 OECTA members attended, where members were treated to dinner and drinks catered by the Capital Banquet Centre. Lucky members won raffle prizes that included: LCBO gifts cards, wireless speakers, wireless headphones, a GoPro Hero 4, Acer Laptop, X-box One with a game included and a 50-inch Samsung Smart TV. Thank you to the Social Committee for helping organize another successful Christmas Open House!
A big congratulations to Danny Amaral from St. Francis Xavier, who won the grand prize of the 50-inch Smart TV, which was donated from Union Strategies Inc.
Thank you to everyone in attendance!
Our 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa event was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Capital Banquet Centre in Mississauga. The Breakfast with Santa was a co-sponsorship with the Dufferin-Peel Elementary unit. Over 300 people were in attendance. Members and their families had a blast and we can’t wait for next year!