Retirement Announcement – Cheryl Hunt

On behalf of CUPE Local 229 we would like to announce and congratulate Cheryl Hunt on her retirement.

Cheryl dedicated 12 years of service to Queen’s University working as a Custodian.

She will be missed but we are happy for her and we want to wish her all the best on the next chapter of her life

Thank you Cheryl for the service you have done and enjoy your well deserved retirement.


RECAP: Employer Vaccination Policies Town Hall

Many thanks to the thousands of you who joined us for yesterday’s Vaccination Policies Town Hall.

If you were unable to attend or want to re-watch the webinar, the relevant links can be found below or at

Vaccine FAQ

What is a vaccine? How will COVID-19 vaccines help me?

Can the vaccine make you sick with COVID-19 or make you test positive for the virus?

Will these vaccines protect me from variants?

CUPE has received — and continued to receive — many questions from members concerning COVID-19 vaccines. This linked document addresses some of the most frequently asked questions.

To read our FAQ, click the button below.

Health and Safety Presentation

To view Paul Sylvestre’s important Health and Safety Presentation, click here.

Dr. Tara Moriarty

Infectious disease expert Dr. Tara Moriarty invites CUPE members to participate in the following vaccine education initiatives:

1) If you’re Canadian who would like to ATTEND a nightly Zoom sessions about COVID-19 vaccine safety, please sign up here.

2) If you’d like to request a special session for your organization, union etc, please contact Grace Kim at First priority for these sessions at the moment are people working & living in long-term care and retirement homes, and their essential caregivers and substitute decision makers.

Join the global push to free Cihan Erdal

Trade unionists around the world are putting pressure on the Turkish government to free jailed CUPE 4600 member Cihan Erdal. Add your voice by signing onto this LabourStart action.

The timing is urgent. Cihan’s been jailed without cause in Turkey since September 2020, and his trial resumes on May 18. Every message makes a difference.

The LabourStart action reminds the Ankara prosecutor, the Turkish minister of justice and the President of Turkey of their country’s human rights obligations. Sign on and encourage them to release Cihan and let him come home to his life, his work, and his partner in Canada.

Send your message now, and share widely in your networks.

It’s also critical to keep Cihan’s case on the Canadian government’s agenda. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to send a message to foreign affairs minister Marc Garneau and other government officials.

Our solidarity will help bring Cihan safely home.