The following sponsored article appeared in Saltwire newspapers across the province on Saturday, September 4, including The Telegram and the West Coast Wire.
We are essential
Public services in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the workers who provide them, are indispensable. It’s impossible to imagine how we would have survived the last two years without them — and I never want to find out. The work they do is critical to keep our economy going, and to our health and safety.
As Labour Day approaches, we are taking the time to reflect and to say thank you to CUPE members, our union friends, our allies in civil society, and to all frontline workers. We salute you.
Since the pandemic began, we’ve developed an even deeper understanding of the value and importance of the services that CUPE members provide.
This includes our health care workers who keep our hospitals clean and cared for our seniors, as well as the municipal workers who keep our taps running and our water and roads safe. It includes our transition home workers who’ve helped people in their greatest time of need, and the bus drivers, secretaries and custodians who’ve made schools a clean, safe environment. It also includes so many others.
We reject the Premier’s so-called “reset” and will fight proposed cuts to the public sector and vital public services.
We will reject any plan that the provincial government puts forward that does not place quality, accessible health care over profits.
We will continue to push for long term care facilities to be taken out of the hands of private corporations and placed under public control, with secure funding and a minimum 4.1 hours of direct care per resident, per day enshrined in legislation.
We pledge to continue to defend workers’ rights and good jobs with better wages that provide security for workers and their families, now and into retirement.
CUPE NL will continue to fight for safer workplaces, paid sick days, access to personal protective equipment, as well as accessible childcare and senior care. All these things are necessary for a healthy economy.
We will be there to fight for housing, for a stronger social safety net and for income supports available to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We want to live in a society where no one is left behind.
On behalf of our 6,300 CUPE members across the province, we wish you a safe and happy Labour Day.
President, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador