Dear Members,

Our Brothers and Sisters of Saskatoon Local 615 need our help. Saskatoon Transit workers have been without a contract since 2012.

Following a set of meetings on March 7, local 615 decided to scale back uniforms rather than begin a full-blown strike. Now, the City of Saskatoon has issued letters to Saskatoon Transit employees to start wearing proper uniforms, ending a seven day awareness campaign by the transit union.

Pensions continue to be a major point of contention between the union and the City of Saskatoon.

Drivers are encouraging people to contact Saskatoon city councillors via text/e-mail to request that the city settle this important issue.

We stand in Solidarity with ATU Local 615!

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ATU Local 1587 member hosts successful 1st Annual #NoHairSelfie event for World Cancer Day

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, millions of people around the globe took part in World Cancer Day. The recognition day aims at raising awareness and funds for various cancer research.

It’s unfortunate to think that cancer is a disease that has touched each and every one of our lives in some capacity. ATU Local 1587 member, Laura Cassista received news of her colon cancer diagnose just last year.

“The first thing I thought of was my children,” said Cassista, who is still coping with the loss of her husband.

“I can’t leave them without a father and a mother, I was strong for them.”

After undergoing two invasive surgeries, she is stronger and braver than ever. Cassista is currently cancer free!

For the past six years prior to her diagnosis, she was a dedicated supporter of the Relay for Life bike ride. This year, the cancer survivor wanted to try something more daring to raise awareness. She did just that, by joining the #nohairselfie movement!

The global movement not only demonstrates your support for those undergoing cancer treatment by shaving your head, but participants are also helping conquer cancer with heightened awareness and raised funds.

Cassista’s event took place at the Streetsville Garage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With the generous volunteered services of Night Owl Barber Shop, over a dozen willing participants, both men and women, shaved their heads.

Much to the crowd’s surprise, everyone suited their new dos.

Men and women alike rocked their new cuts with confidence and pride.

In addition to chopping their locks, the participating GO Transit employees also raised money for the cause, which totaled nearly $9,000.

Additionally, one generous member of Local 1587, Heather, donated more than 10 inches of hair to help provide wigs to chemo patients.

ATU 1587 member, Peter Brown, gathered some of those generous donations from family, the Union and Union business related supporters including Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, David Trahair Chartered Accountant and Impact Insurance. He also provided participants with ATU 1587 shirts and #nohairselfie branded toques.

Long-time retiree and fellow cancer survivor Ron Fram also made an appearance at the event, in support of Cassista and the group.

Cassista vows to make this an annual event, and hopes to have even more participants next year.

The event was followed by the #nohairselfie reception that evening, hosted at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto by The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Well known Canadian philanthropists, fire fighters and celebrities took to the stage to shave their heads in front of the crowd.

World Cancer Day is a time for the entire world to unite in solidarity in the fight against cancer.

Cassista has raised the bar for her own fundraising endeavors and hopes to have inspired others to do the same.

 

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