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February is Black History Month

February 01, 2019 at 4:12 PM

CUPE Local 500 is proud to celebrate Black History Month and the significant contributions and achievements people of African heritage have made to Canada and our union movement.

Through their activism and leadership, Black trade union members in Canada have played a key role in building and shaping the labour movement.  Together, we’ve worked hard to win stronger collective agreement language that empowers workers to fights racism and promote equality in our workplaces and in our communities.  While we have made significant strides forward, we have far to go in the fight against anti-Black racism. 

"Black History month serves as a reminder of the struggles, tribulations and achievements of black people both past and present," said Local 500 President, Gord Delbridge. "It also allows us to learn about the many black people who came before us who helped build a better world."

Across Canada, many community groups and CUPE locals are organizing events to learn more about Black history, and to celebrate Black History Month.

CUPE Local 500 encourages all members to participate in the important events being held in our community. To help celebrate, here are some events happening in and around Winnipeg this February.