“Choosing to Work” is Strike Breaking.
“Choosing to work” during labour action is strike-breaking (also called “scabbing”). This is when an individual chooses to continue their work during a strike.This goes against the democratic collective will of our union. Strikes are legal; your right to strike is protected under Canadian law.
- Strike-breaking prolongs a strike because it undermines the negotiation process. By sticking together collectively, we put pressure on the administration to negotiate. This will allow us to get back into work to provide service to the citizens of the Region of Waterloo.
- Strike-breaking is unfair. The benefits that we enjoy now have been won through previous labour actions. Strike breaking undermines our ability to win similar gains.
- Strike-breaking will not help your clients or the citizens of the Region of Waterloo. A stronger, shorter strike that gets us back at work is the best way to help our students. Performing any work related duties prolongs the strike.
Just as in non-strike times, the law protects all workers from harassment, coercion, and threat. No one can ask you about your intentions in a strike situation or pressure you to strike-break. You cannot be punished or disadvantaged for striking, nor can you be privileged or receive advantages for continuing to work. Your stewards or a Union officer will help you if you feel these rights have been violated or compromised. As CUPE members, we stand together and act collectively to make our workplace fair and safe.