Striking P.E.I. Blood Services Workers Not Forgotten for Christmas

Charlottetown: The 9 Canadian Blood Services (CBS) striking employees in Charlottetown will have a better Christmas than anticipated because of an initiative launched by CUPE Local 1870, the UPEI support employees.

A few weeks ago, CUPE Local 1870 members initiated “Adopt a Striker for Christmas” campaign to help the striking CBS workers. They donated 1000 dollars and challenged other unions to also make a donation.

They have gathered a total of 4675 dollars for the strikers and will be presenting the donations to them on Friday.

CBS workers have been on strike for 16 weeks. The main issue is a guarantee of minimum hours of work. They have been without a contract since 2011.

“Since the beginning of the strike, CUPE members have been very generous with those workers but we wanted to do something special for the Holiday season and our members at UPEI came up with this idea. This is what the labour movement is really about, supporting each other in time of need”, said Lori MacKay CUPE PEI president.

“The courage that this small group of workers has shown over the last four months has been an inspiration to all unionized workers in the Province. As Christmas is a time for giving, we started the “Adopt a Striker” campaign to make sure that the striking CBS workers and their families didn’t go without over the Christmas season”, said Tracy Carmichael CUPE 1870 local president.

The donations will be presented to the striking workers on the picket line on Friday,   December 18 at noon at the CBS’ Clinic location at 85 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.