UPDATE: On May 12, 2017, the Canadian Hearing Socieity workers of CUPE local 2073 ratified a new agreement, ending their strike and returning to work. Solidarity Ottawa’s Workers Action Group organized a series of events to support the CHS workers who had been on strike since March 6, 2017.
CHS workers, represented by CUPE local 2073 provide critically important services to the Deaf, Deafened, Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, and what they are now going through is a testament to the accumulated effects of capitalist austerity, funding cuts, and contracting out of services that should be well funded and public.
The President and CEO of Canadian Hearing Society has received a 75% pay hike, while cutting 28% of front line staff and pushing concessions. In contrast, CHS workers haven’t had a pay increase in four years. 90% of the strikers are women and 40% of the membership come from the deaf and hard of hearing community themselves.
The Ottawa based members of CUPE local 2073 have repeatedly expressed appreciation for the outside support that has been mobilized.
For more information on the strike, visit the Local’s website: 2073.cupe.ca.