Day of Mourning

Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. The Waterloo Regional Labour Council and Canada’s unions continue to call for better enforcement of related legislation. They also call on employers and governments to do more to prevent such fatalities from happening in the first place.

WHEN: April 28, 2020 at 10:30am – 11:30am

WHERE: the 2020 Day of Mourning event will be streamed online on website https://www.wrlc.caYoutube channel, and Facebook.

April 2020 a hospital worker dies from COVID-19.

Nick Lalonde, 23, of London fell to his death Oct. 11, 2013, while doing masonry work at a Waterloo condominium site.

Three months later, Chris Crawford, 33, a sheet metal worker from Kitchener, died when a roof collapsed while he was helping build a Target store in Mississauga.

We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each workday.  By working together – with employers, workers, and our health and safety partners – we can prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.

Celebrate #SpringFromHome – community decorating contest

April 9, 2020

Celebrate #SpringFromHome with community decorating contest

We may be staying inside more but we can still celebrate spring! From now until Sunday, Apr. 19, we’re challenging the community to show off their creative skills with a window and sidewalk decorating contest. Let’s start a new tradition and #SpringFromHome Cambridge!

With items found only around your house (do not go out for new supplies!), decorate a spring-themed window or grab some chalk and draw a spring picture in your driveway or sidewalk. Then share your creation to our Facebook and Twitter pages for everyone to see any enjoy!

We’ll be picking three winners for the challenge:

  • Most creative
  • Most inspirational
  • Funniest

Mayor Kathryn McGarry will announce the winners on Monday, Apr. 20 and we’ll feature all the submissions in a video on our social channels. The winning submissions will also receive a City gift card to use post-quarantine.

Don’t forget! All participants must continue to practice physical distancing and are not to work on this challenge in groups.

Ready to #SpringFromHome? Get started today and tag us at:

Facebook: @thecityofcambridge

Twitter: @cityofcambridge

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck, stay safe, and have fun!

For additional fun, find free spring colouring printouts and more activities at

Tell OMERS: postpone the vote to remove guaranteed indexing

Fellow OMERS plan members,

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted us all. It has called us to the frontlines of an unparalleled public health crisis and temporarily, though dramatically, changed our world.

That’s why on March 25th, CUPE Ontario sent the OMERS SC Board a letter requesting the postponement of their planned June vote to remove guaranteed indexing from the pension plan.

Unfortunately, CUPE Ontario has been informed OMERS still plans to go ahead with the vote in June despite the unprecedented public health crisis that is confronting, and rightfully, fully occupying us all.

We think that’s wrong. 

OMERS plan members deserve to know that plan changes, which could eliminate future pension benefits, will not be pushed through during an unprecedented public health crisis.

The very least OMERS should do is ensure plan members, Sponsors and the SC Board itself, is able to fully engage, discuss and debate this proposal.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this can’t happen. Until such time as it can, this vote should be postpone.

Sign this letter, urging the OMERS Sponsors Corporation (SC) Board to postpone the June vote to remove guaranteed indexing from our pension plan.

OMERS plan members deserve to have our voices heard.

CUPE Ontario

Send OMERS a Message

April 6th Update from 1882


We hope that you and your family are well. We are coming to the end of our 3rd week in quarantine – thank you for doing your part to help flatten the curve on COVID-19.

Our employer has extended facility closures until May 4th. To you, as a Local 1882 member, this means it is status quo until otherwise notified (continue working from home, coming into the office or waiting at home for call back or redeployment).

Part-time non-union staff and summer temp positions (roughly effecting 440 people), will be laid off effective April 13th.  The federal government has put funding in place to help those affected by this pandemic which these staff will have access to (CERB or EI).

April membership meeting is cancelled. Given the current environment, all CUPE Education, Conferences and Conventions are cancelled until the end of May. There have been no Employee Relations meetings since December, and the current deadlines for the 2020 Job Evaluation Maintenance Cycle (Corporate Enterprise and Office of the City Manager) are postponed with no new date given for JAQ submission. All events that the Executive was going to participate in or sponsor have been cancelled, or will be rescheduled.  Current grievance timelines are suspended and grievance procedures are paused for now.

Negotiations scheduled for March and April were cancelled, however, the Bargaining Team has been successful in bargaining and have moved to the next phase with the exchange of the monetary proposals. Your Bargaining team is still working hard on this front to continue the process.

Your Union Executive understands the stress and struggles that you are going through, whether in self-isolation, working from home without the usual comforts of the office environment and trying to look after kids, or caring for a sick or loved one who is affected by COVID 19 as we too as experiencing the same things.

As an employee of the City of Cambridge, there are tools that you can access if you need help to cope with the stresses that you and/or family may be experiencing:

Lastly, Your Union is here for you, so please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe and be well!

In Solidarity

Proposed Changes to your Pension Plan

The Q1 Spring 2020 OMERS Quarterly contains important information that you should be aware of concerning proposed changes to your OMERS plan.

Click on the link and be informed on proposed changes to your pension plan:

Take care,
On behalf of CUPE Local 1882

Message From Employer April 1


In case you do not have access to your work email, please see the email from David Calder copied below.

We will continue to pass along information as we are made aware.

Stay safe,
On Behalf of Local 1882
From: David Calder
Sent: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:58 AM
Subject: Message from the City Manager – April 1, 2020

Good morning everyone

This is a quick note to let you know that we will be officially announcing the extension of the closure of municipal facilities and cancellations of programs and events until May 4. This is in line with the provincial announcement yesterday to extend the closure of public schools. The attached news release will be issued to media shortly.

This decision was reached jointly with our neighbouring municipalities in an ongoing effort to be consistent across the Region.

Additionally, the provincial government issued a new emergency order to close all outdoor recreation spaces and amenities across Ontario. For us, this includes all sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, community gardens, and the dog park on Maple Grove Road. I understand closure signs are being placed in these areas today.

I know this is difficult news. Many of you are juggling work duties with life at home with children and other family members. This is not easy. Even with your individual situations, concerns and a changing world, you have continued to provide quality public service in these difficult times.

Please make sure you are reaching out to your supervisors and managers to keep updated on all the changes – which seem to be by the hour! – and to be in touch with your colleagues, even over a virtual coffee. Just because we are physically apart does not mean you can’t stay connected.

Again, please keep checking the intranet page. Q&As are updated frequently.

Stay safe, practice physical distancing and wash your hands.

Media_release_COVID-19-April 1-2020

Need support? City of Cambridge staff and family members eligible for EFAP

All City of Cambridge staff, including those who don’t have employee benefits, and their family members, are eligible for Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

In addition to general tips for managing the impact of anxiety, EFAP offers access to self-paced, web-based solutions designed to treat anxiety and/or mild cases of depression, with structured programs to help manage anxiety using cognitive behavioural therapy.

See your personal email from CUPE1882 (dated March 25) or your work email (dated March 24) on how to access i-Volve, and other support services.

Letter from Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario, to local leaders in OMERS

To Local leaders in OMERS,

Thank you for all you are doing to keep our province safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below, you will find a copy of a letter CUPE Ontario sent to OMERS yesterday. During this time, CUPE Ontario believes the last thing our members and leaders should have to be focus on is a threat to their pensions.

We’ve communicated as much to OMERS, asking that the June vote on a proposal to get rid of 100% inflation indexing be postponed. We will update you as soon as we hear back from OMERS.

Stay safe and don’t hesitate to reach out to CUPE Ontario for any help needed.

In Solidarity,

Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario


As COVID-19 guidelines come from all levels of government, it’s normal to experience anxiety

As additional prevention guidelines continue to come from all levels of government, it’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety.

All City staff, including those who don’t have employee benefits, and their family members, are eligible for Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

In addition to general tips for managing the impact of anxiety (links below), EFAP provides you access to i-volve, a self-paced, web-based solution designed to treat anxiety and/or mild cases of depression, offering structured programs to help manage anxiety using cognitive behavioural therapy (a current best-practice treatment approach for these conditions).

See your personal email from CUPE1882 (dated March 25) or your work email (dated March 24) on how to access i-Volve, and other support services.

Homewood Health – Anxiety Support Programs

Homewood Health – Managing the impact

Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Email Scams

With COVID-19 top of mind for everyone, online scammers are taking advantage of public fear by sending malicious emails.

Some of the scams to be on the lookout for:
Emails that appear to be from organizations such as CDC or WHO; the emails contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
Emails that ask for charity donations for victims affected by COVD-19.
Emails with “new” or “updated” list of COVD-19 cases in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking the link.

Remain cautious! Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting. If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or CDC, report the email to the official organization through their website. If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.