Published on Mon, 03/23/2020 by Canadian Union of Public Employees

Whitby municipal workers to hold demonstration outside of Town Hall while maintaining social distancing

WHITBY, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Members of Local 53 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees will hold a demonstration outside of an emergency Whitby Town Council Meeting to encourage councillors to rehire over 200 part-time workers that were laid off last week. In order to maintain social distancing in light of the spread of COVID-19, organizers are asking demonstrators to fill the parking lot in their single occupant vehicles and remain in their cars while displaying signs of support for the rehiring of part-time workers.

On March 13, the Town of Whitby laid off over 200 part-time workers in response to the spread of COVID-19 and shutting down of certain municipal services. CUPE Local 53 believes that Whitby Town Council should follow the lead of other municipalities in the area and keep part-time workers on staff during this period of uncertainty. The union believes that part-time workers, whose wages are already accounted for in the town budget, can be put to work in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while EI benefits will be far too low for part-time workers to cover expenses while they are laid off.

Representatives from the union will conduct any interviews over the phone.


Who: Members of CUPE Local 53 and supporters

What: Demonstration in support of rehiring over 200 part-time workers

Where: Whitby Town Hall (Parking Lot) 575 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby, ON

When: Monday, March 23. 7:00 p.m.




For more information:

Matthew Stella, CUPE Communications, 613-252-4377,