Now on Day 69 of their strike against the Association of Community Living here, CUPE Local #65 members were buoyed by Friday night’s fundraiser at the local Legion.
“After the social, people’s spirits are really up and they’re already talking about the next event,” Local #65 president Gwen Miller noted yesterday.
The fundraiser raised more than $6,000 in support of the strikers as well as numerous donations for the evening’s entertainment, draw prizes, and attendance prizes.
“That showed really great community support, to know we have people behind us,” noted Miller. “People gave to us before even thinking twice.”
More than 50 prizes were donated by area businesses as well as the food, drinks, use of the Legion, limo rides home, and more.
“We had attendance draws all night long for gifts from businesses in the community,” Miller said. “It went really, really well.”
CUPE national rep Jules Tupker emceed the evening and read a letter of support from the union’s national president, Judy Darcy. NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton also was on hand.
The highlight of the night was when Morley Reeve Gary Gamsby and CUPE member Kevin Kennedy shaved their beards around 10:30 p.m., raising more than $3,000 to do so.
Meanwhile, there still are no talks scheduled as the workers continue to man picket lines on Scott Street and Hudson Street while administration continues to run ACL’s services except for the Treasure Chest, Activity Centre, and Good Impressions Printing, which remain closed.