I stand with CUPE 2073-CHS! The front workers protect the services for the Deaf, Oral deaf, Hard of Hearing and deafened at Canadian Hearing Society. As a Deaf person, this has had a ripple effect and the impact of both sides is hard. Damages have occurred since strike started Monday, March 6, 2017.

To run an organization like CHS, it cannot be run like any other hearing agencies/organizations. For the Deaf community, it needs a place of comfort and understanding. It is a place of security and belonging. It just seems to me that it’s like a White European taking over Indigenous land and controlling everything.

The new CEO and board which has not matched their visual and mission statement, has ignored CUPE 2073 bid to come to the table. They have cut out the Deaf community by not providing top notch services. They claim they are but have been giving us the runaround. Interpreters are sourced outside and bid is higher than businesses want to afford. It hurts the Deaf community. Deaf community needs social workers, psychology help and job seeking counsellors. Almost two weeks and CHS have hurt the Deaf community.

We, the Deaf community fully support CUPE 2073; half of them are the Deaf community who has been without contract for 4 years. CEO and managers have increase their wages last 4 years, yearly and they expect a rollback from the CHS workers?

I am asking you for your support to encourage CEO Julia Dumanian and Canadian Hearing Society to get back on the table with CUPE 2073. Come and stand with CUPE 2073 at Bath Rd in front of Frontenac Mall. If it doesn't affect you now, it will later! Trust me! #takebackchs