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December 3, 2013

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CUPE BC marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees BC is proud to mark the 21st annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

“From the duty to accommodate to provincial advocacy, CUPE BC is committed to fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities,” said Mark Hancock, CUPE BC president.

December 3 has been promoted by the United Nations as International Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1992. For two decades, the day has been recognized to increase awareness on disability issues and to gain support for the dignity, rights and well-being of those with disabilities.

In 2012, CUPE launched the disability rights awareness campaign “A Solidarity of Abilities.” It led to the creation of the first “Duty to Accommodate” course for members, the creation of a poster, pamphlet, fact sheets, and other awareness-raising materials; the facilitation of a large number of duty to accommodate workshops across the country; and coalition-building with a number of disability-related organizations across the country.

For more information on the campaign and how local unions can support members with disabilities, please visit here

United Nations: see page here.  

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