CUPE/CAW Solidarity Rally through the eyes of a young worker | CUPE 2544 #cokestrike

Thanks for sharing, Victoria!  Your support, and the support of the next generation of Canadian workers, means a lot.  This is all of our fight!  #solidarity

CUPE/CAW Solidarity Rally through the eyes of a young worker | CUPE 2544.

By Victoria Bouchard

Where do I begin? Today was my first time attending a rally with my father Dan Bouchard, and his union CUPE Local 2544. What an inspirational and moving experience! I must admit, I didn’t know much about what CUPE does or the issue that we were fighting for on this date, but everyone was so welcoming to me!

Throughout the day, learning bits and pieces here and there about what was happening and the struggles that face Coca Cola workers, I felt like we were doing a good thing for our fellow community members.

Although I hadn’t actually met any of these lovely workers before attending the rally, I’m very glad I went. It was a hot and muggy day, but everyone still came out to show their support. WOW. Truly empowering!

We started the day out with some introductions with the first group, and later gravitated toward where the Coca Cola trucks themselves go in and out of the plant. That area was by far my favourite. It felt like I had known these people for years and years, and we came together to fight something going on around us. Having been shown that kind of support, for people we don’t even know was honestly so inspiring. There’s no better way to say it. Between chanting, dancing to ‘Lean on Me’ and trying to cool off, I met so many admirable people.

As a 17-year-old girl, I’ll admit that taking part in these activities isn’t something that really ever entered my mind. That has definitely changed!  I can’t wait to join in on another one! Last but not least, I’d like to thank everyone who let me tag alone and show my support! Hope to see all of your friendly faces sometime again soon. Keep up the amazing work you all are doing within our community.

In support,

Victoria Bouchard

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