Published on Mon, 05/18/2020 by Canadian Union of Public Employees

CUPE Local 1883 delivers a solidarity coffee break to frontline workers in the Region of Waterloo

WATERLOO, ON, May 18, 2020 –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Members of CUPE Local 1883, representing over 850 workers with the Region of Waterloo, will deliver coffee and cookies to frontline workers at various locations today.

Members of Local 1883 have been redeployed into various frontline posts throughout the region to help respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local members will be visiting some of those frontline agencies to say thank you to workers, including St. John’s Kitchen and the A.R. Kaufman YMCA. They will also be visiting Sunnyside Long-Term Care Home.

“I’m so proud of the way members of Local 1883 have stepped up to provide the services Waterloo needs most during this pandemic,” said Noelle Fletcher, President of CUPE Local 1883. “Over 50 of our members have been redeployed to date. They are working at drop-in centres and shelters, they are providing childcare, they are working in harm reduction and long-term care. They are playing critical roles in our community, doing new jobs, and we want to say ‘thank you’”, she said.

“Our local has purchased Girl Guide cookies and we’ll be providing coffee too – at an appropriate physical distance,” said Fletcher. “We hope they’ll be able to come outside and take a short break with us today.”

Media interested in interviewing Noelle Fletcher are encouraged to attend at one of the following locations:

  • Sunnyside Long-Term Care Home, 247 Franklin Street, Kitchener, 12 p.m.
  • St. John’s Kitchen, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, 1 p.m.
  • A.R. Kaufman YMCA, 33 Carwood Avenue, Kitchener, 2 p.m.

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For more information, contact:

Noelle Fletcher, President, CUPE Local 1883, 519-504-1877
Andrea Addario, CUPE National Communications, 416-738-4329