CUPE launches new Disability Rights Awarness Campaign

poster-500-en[1]FREDERICTON ( November 29, 2012):Canada’s largest union is launching their new disability rights awareness campaign on December 3. The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ national campaign is “A Solidarity of Abilities”, championed by the union’s Persons with Disabilities National Working Group. December 3rd is the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, established by the United Nations to create awareness, understanding and action for the legal and social rights of persons with disabilities.

“What is the one equality-seeking group anyone could be a member of tomorrow?  Persons with disabilities”, says Stephen Drost, the New Brunswick representative on the National Working Group. “I am very pleased to be the New Brunswick spokesperson for this new campaign. “A Solidarity of Abilities” showcases our members with disabilities who are vital in our workplaces and in our communities. We also want to develop partnerships with community groups that advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. Stay tuned for exciting initiatives in New Brunswick ! ”

“Workers need to know that they have the legal right to have their disability accommodated in the workplace.  It’s a matter of human rights and social justice”, affirms CUPE NB president Daniel Légère.  “Persons with disabilities make great contributions in the workplace. We must do all we can to ensure they can access employment. Our Division executive and the rank and file members on our Equality Committee are pleased to support this important campaign.”

The six-month campaign will raise awareness of disability issues and provide tools to help ensure the rights of workers with disabilities are understood and upheld.