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Fighting for women’s right to maternity leave

On Mother’s Day, 2016, CUPE Ontario joined a rally to support CUPE 1281 member Gilary Massa. After 7 years as a respected employee at the Ryerson Students’ Union, Gilary was fired 3 months into her maternity leave and replaced by a friend of the RSU Executive. CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick addressed the crowd, condemning the RSU’s anti-woman, anti-union actions. On May 10, Gilary and CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn spoke out about the importance of protecting women’s right to maternity leave on CBC’s The Current. CUPE Ontario stands behind our sister Gilary and is calling on the RSU for her immediate reinstatement. Please show your support for Gilary and for all women unfairly terminated on mat leave by using the hashtag #IStandWithGilary on social media.

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