Christmas message from Marle Roberts

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Dear friends,

On behalf of the Alberta Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, I’d like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season.

To our 35,000 members and to all Albertans – I hope the holidays allow time for family, friends, rest and relaxation.

As is tradition – I hope you will find time to reach out to those with less and provide a helping hand.  A donation to a charity of your choice, a few hours of volunteer time, or even a kind word or deed can do a lot towards making our communities stronger and better places to live.

2015 has been a busy and historic year for our province and our union.  Come January, we will return to the hard work of representing our members in our workplaces, and building a province where everyone shares in peace and prosperity.  Until then, have a safe and happy holiday.


Marle Roberts, President CUPE Alberta

CUPE Alberta Equality Award

InukshukIn addition to being a work of art, inukshuk means “to act in the capacity of a human.”

CUPE Locals in Alberta are invited to submit nominations for the CUPE Alberta Equality award.

The Equality award recognizes CUPE members whose work on equality issues has made a difference.

Deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016.  Click here for more details

CUPE Alberta Health & Safety Award

Nominate a member who has made a significant contribution to the area of health and safety in Alberta.

Click here to find out more details and a nomination form.

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989 at École Polytechnique (a post secondary school in Montreal) a shooter went on a rampage.  After separating women from men, the shooter killed fourteen women and injured ten others.

Since then, December 6th has been named “White Ribbon Day” as a day to remember those women, and all others who experience violence.

white ribbonWhile massacres like the one in 1989 are thankfully rare, the statistics around Canadian violence against women are shocking:

  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence after the age of 16.
  • On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.
  • Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence—that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.

Learn more here.

December 6th event in Calgary

December 6th event in Edmonton