CUPE members and staff in Manitoba marked April 10, Day of Pink by wearing pink T-shirts with the slogan: “It isn’t BIG to make others feel small: an anti-bullying message from the CUPE Manitoba Human Rights Committee”.
Brother Lorenzo Dufrane, a member of Local 998 and the Human Rights Committee and the National Pink Triangle Committee, organized an event at his workplace, Manitoba Hydro.
Posters were circulated encouraging people to wear pink on April 10, and a table was set up in the workplace with CUPE material, including the Speak Out: Stop Bullying pamphlets, the pink frisbees and the bandanas. As well, there were information brochures about the services provided by the Rainbow Resource Centre and a fundraising draw to support the work of the Centre.
Many Manitoba Hydro employees were wearing pink and stopped by the table as a show of solidarity with the anti-bullying message. This event was a great opportunity to highlight the work of CUPE in our efforts to combat bullying and to promote the rights of all to work and live in a society that is free from harassment and discrimination.