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It is that time of year again…time to organize, mobilize and start spreading the word to
every local in Ontario about organized labours 8th annual Operation Christmas Cheer
2011 campaign!

Click Here for a copy of the
2011 Operation Christmas Cheer Camapain Call

The goal this Christmas is to raise $109,200 for 8 locals with 1092 of our Brothers and
Sisters on strike/lock-out.
  • Please Note:  ATU 1587 with 325 members and ATU 113 with 130 members and
    OPSEU 666 in Sudbury with 83 members out on strike have been added to our list.  
Final Numbers - January 9, 2012
$100,826 was raised!
Thanks to the following locals, committees, labour councils and individuals
for their support this year!

January 9, 2012: $100,826 - CUPE 1974, ETFO OT Toronto, Kim McIntyre, CEP 6006, CAW 1996, CEP
1541, Edmonton District Labour Council, Toronto and York District Labour Council, CEP 256, CEP 2003,
OPSEU Executive Board, CAW 2163, CEP 593, PSAC Political Action, OSSTF District 19, Eastern OECTA,
OECTA TSU, Ric Dagenais, CEP 36

December 21, 2011:  $88,026 - Marlene Rivier OPSEU 479, Hill OPSEU 479, S Walker OPSEU 479, IUOE
96, COPE 468, OECTA Kenora, CEP 672, OPSEU 102, CUPE 4186, CEP 87M Toronto Star Unit, CEP 232,
USW 5055, Linda MacKenzie-Nicholas SEIU 1, CEP 39

December 20, 2011: $83,421 - OPSEU 464, CEP 46, OECTA Simcoe Muskoka, COPE 343, OPSEU
Nipissing Area Council, PSAC local 18 Harrow, Karl Rinas/Donna Preston, CUPE 1979, Naomi Robinson,
ETFO Simcoe County, COPE 225, CEP 44 Kitchener - Cambridge-Guelph-Waterloo and Stratford, Peel

December 19, 2011: $77,511 - Tim Farr, OPSEU 310, ETFO Hastings/Prince Edward, USW 838, CEO 30-0,
ETFO York Region, ONA 51, OPSEU 160, Tami McDonald OPSEU, Nelson Ross Laguna OPSEU, OPSEU
317, ETFO Rainbow, Waterloo Region Labour COuncil, Hamilton District Labour Council, S Williamson,
ETFO Kawartha Pine Ridge, USW 2020, Ottawa Newspaper Guild, USW 9246, Guelph District Labour
Council, CUPE 4600

December 15, 2011: $70,216 - Waterloo Region Labour Council, CEP 544, CAW 1106, CEP 87M, Int
Brotherhood of Boilermakers 128, USW 4120, Service Employees International Union 1, USW 1-500, The
Society of Energy Professionals 160, Ontario Nurses Association

December 12, 2011: $52,116 - Durham Region Labour Council, CEP 105, NUPGE TSU, Brantford and
District Labour Council, LIUNA 506, United Steelworkers District 6, OECTA Bruce Grey, Graduate Techers
University of western ON, OSSFT District 28, ATU 279, Ed Weidinger
December 9, 2011:  $44,616 - CEP 247, Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region, CUPE - Power
Workers', OECTA Algonquin, CEP 8833, CAW Ind Parts Suppliers Council, Diana Crosby and Debbie

December 8, 2011:  $38,189 as of Dec 7. Thanks to AIL Canada/American Income Life, OSSTF District 16,
CUPE 151, Robert Bialik and CEP 6008

December 6, 2011: $35,064.  Thanks to UTE/PSAC 00012, CEP 32, OSSTF District 25, NUPGE, ETFO York
Region, USW 665, CEP 79M, CAW 27, CEP 156, UFCW 175/633, CAW 88, USW District 6, Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario, OPSEU 232, CEP 914, OSSTF District 13, ATU 1573, USW 1-2010,
OPSEU 329, Daryl Barnett, CEP 1541

December 1, 2011:  Carleton University Academic Staff Assoc Ottawa, Labourers International Union of
North America 527 Ottawa, Barbara Kosow Toronto, Peggy and Roger Smith Texas, Chuck Hill California

Nov 30, 2011:  CEP Ontario Communications Council, CUPW Ottawa, CEP 685 Peterborough, Ottawa Fire
Fighters, USW-IWA 1-500 Hanover, CEP 41-0 Mississauga, USW 650 Thunder Bay, CEP 691G Fergus,
OSSTF Provincial Executive board, OPSEU 479 Ottawa, CAW 483 Guelph, Orangeville District & Labour
Council, CEP 1999 SW ON, CEP Komoka
December 9, 2011

In three days we start delivering the cheer to picket-lines across Ontario!  I'd like to update you on some
GREAT news since the 2011 Operation Christmas Cheer campaign was launched in November.  Last
week the Labour Board ended Ming Pao - CEP 87M's strike and ordered arbitration so....there is no picket-
line to deliver the cheer too.  A tentative agreement was reached on Dec 2 between OPSEU 334 members
and management at Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society.  Operation Christmas Cheer is still
committed to delivering the grocery gift cards to the members of both these locals and we will work with the
local Executive Boards to make it happen.  On a less positive note, I just received word that OPSEU 666 in
Sudbury has been on strike since Nov 24 and they have been added to our list.

Below is the NEW OCC Delivery Schedule.  Please note a time change for USW 526L and ATU 1587/113.
Everyone is welcome to come out to the picket-lines to spread the cheer : )

  • December 12, Monday 3PM to 7PM.  We will be loading/unloading food, gifts and putting together
    the Christmas food hampers for members.  The location is the USW Peel hall at 1158 Aerowood Dr,
    Mississauga.  Anyone who would like to come out and volunteer...would be welcomed with open
    arms : )
  • December 11, Sunday at 12PM - CEP 87M - BACK TO WORK.  Will deliver to the members during a
  • December 13, Tuesday at 10AM - USW 526L - 170 Queen St North, Toronto
  • December 13, Tuesday at 2PM - USW 13571 - 290 Humberline Drive, Toronto
  • December 14, Wednesday at 12PM - ATU 1587 and ATU 113 - 17250 Yonge St, Newmarket.  This
    will be a HUGE rally with approx 500 members present as well as many supporters.
  • December 19, Monday at 12PM - USW 1-1000 - 794 River Road (Commonwealth Plywood),
  • December 20, Tuesday at 12PM - USW 9597 - 161 Elgin St (in front of the courthouse), Ottawa
  • December 21, Wednesday - OPSEU 334 - BACK TO WORK.  Will deliver cards to the executive
    board to hand out to the members
  • December 22, Thursday - OPSEU 666 Sudbury - Details TBA via the website soon

As of yesterday, Dec 8th....$39,189 has been raised which means we still need to raise $71,011 within the
next two weeks in order to meet our 2011 goal of helping 1175 members in hardship due to strike/lockout.  
Sounds like a lot and it is but I believe in miracles when "Stand Together" : )  Please help us by spreading
the word to all your locals and Labour contacts.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me at (613) 301-2988.

In Solidarity,