At the 2018 CUPE Ontario Convention in Toronto, Maureen O'Reilly, recently-retired president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, was the winner of the 2018 Sisters in Solidarity Award. This award honours and celebrates a CUPE sister who has done outstanding work women's issues in our union. Congratulations to Maureen!
Toronto Public Library Warriors attend the Bromley Armstrong Awards and Gala. Congratulations to the 2018 recipient, Nigel Barriffe, President of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and a Toronto elementary school teacher.
Bromley is a Jamaican Canadian member of the Autoworkers union who helped lead the Toronto Joint Committee on Human Rights in the 1950’s. This award is presented to a labour activist who has demonstrated excellence in equity and human rights.
The Toronto & York Region Labour Council established this prestigious award in 2004 to commemorate the courage, dedication and outstanding service of Bromley L. Armstrong to the labour and human rights movements in Canada. Annually the Equity committee of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council presents the prestigious award to a deserving recipient that exemplifies Bromley’s commitment to human rights.
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly surrounded by library workers at Albion library yesterday prior to the meeting of the Toronto Public Library Board. Maureen has officially retired from the Toronto Public Library after 30+years. Maureen's work as an advocate and labour activist on behalf of library workers and library service in Canada is deeply felt by all library staff and the Torontonians who support our public library. The next chapter awaits, as Maureen continues her work as an activist providing inspiration for new labour leaders.
CUPE Ontario's statement: "Every year, on April 28 – the Day of Mourning, we take time to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job.
In ceremonies around the province, workers, friends, and family gather to pay tribute to those we have lost in work place accidents. Worker deaths are tragedies, not only for their families, but also for their colleagues, friends and communities. No one should ever die because of their job, yet in Ontario it is still far too common. Public service workers are also experiencing a rise in violence in the workplace that cannot be allowed to continue. By remembering those who have been killed or injured, we remember why we must continue to fight for the health and safety of workers.
We come together to mourn the dead and continue together to fight for the living. Our Injured Workers and Health and Safety committees are leading the fight against violence in our workplaces. Our union bargains for health and safety rules to prevent these tragedies. We stand up for our workers rights and provide the protection they need to feel secure in reporting incidents and workplace hazards.
Through political action we fight for better laws to protect workers and make sure that those laws are enforced.
This April 28 we ask all CUPE Ontario members to pause and remember our sisters and brothers who have lost their lives at work over the past year, and to continue our fight to make workplaces safe, to prevent injuries, and to make sure workplace fatalities become a thing of the past."