Earlier this week, members of NSUPE Local 19 voted to return to work at Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island after nearly 12 months on the picket line.
Their brave struggle, in which they demanded guaranteed hours and health benefits from an employer determined to take these basic rights away, inspired CCU members from coast to coast. I personally had the great privilege to picket and march with these brave workers on several occasions, and never failed to return from PEI inspired and humbled by the courage and solidarity of these modern day labour heroes.
Their solidarity, strength, and resolve have been an example to workers all across Canada. I cannot find the proper words to tell all of you how very proud I am to call you my sisters and dear friends.
I know that NSUPE and Local 19 will continue the struggle for workplace fairness, guaranteed hours and health benefits for all CBS workers. I commend you for forcing significant movement from the employer and pledge to you the CCU’s unwavering support in the struggles that may still be left to come.
I know that you will return to work this week with your heads held high, for you represent all that is the best of our Confederation and our labour movement. The thousands of workers in The CCU across the country salute you.