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On Wednesday August 24, 2016 Melissa Bakker, Judith Callahan and her 2 granddaughters supported CUPE Local 2974, Essex County Library Workers on their picket line. This small local of 54 members has been out on Strike for over 60 days with no end in sight.
CUPE 4222 also provided $500 in support of their strike fund to assist this struggling Local.
A rally in Leamington is scheduled for August 31, 2016 to raise additional awareness.
CUPE 4222 has entered into a partnership with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) beginning in September 2016!
This partnership will allow the Local to share information with the membership directly from OTIP. We will also be able to offer retiree benefit workshops.
Through this partnership we now have access to the Edvantage Program, which provides great rewards and discounts to education employees and their families throughout Ontario.
Friday June 17, 2016 - President of CUPE 4222 Dave DenOuden and local Secretary Melissa Bakker were on site with staff from the Adelaide Soup Kitchen in Woodstock to accept delivery of 2 new stoves. "The additional of these stoves at the soup kitchen allow us the opportunity to support our community in an ongoing capacity" said DenOuden.
The coordinator of the soup kitchen, Sheila Koop was astounded by the generosity of our Local to support the program. More pictures are in our gallery.