With AUPE's plans to invade our home with their Canada Day "celebration," our members have been burning up the phone lines, trying to figure out how the heck the union can do something like this. Calls have been made to the City, the 311 information line and even the police non-emergeny line.
Word is, the City has even gone after the union to ask them what the heck they were thinking in planning this.
So, how can they do this?
They never got any permits.
On top of downgrading their "celebration" from music, dancing and free Fat Franks to just "free Fat Franks", it's been further downgraded to a 'lunchtime gathering' of only 1 hour, though there's nothing about that on their webpage.
We have some expectation of how many picketers and their family will be there, but with how open and public their advertisement has been, there's just no way of knowing how many people will actually show up for free Fat Franks hot dogs. Yes, a Fat Franks vendor has been confirmed as expected on site, though if they're going to set up a BBQ, that needs a permit, and there are none issued, so we shall see how that goes.
Unless Fat Franks does the right thing and withdraws. After all, even the City has recognized that AUPE does not have our permission for this.
Well, Artspace isn't the sort of place that just rolls over and plays dead. We have our own plans.
Yes, we will be having our own BBQ, though of course, we have plenty of space on our private property to do so. We have also been busy as bees, preparing a proper welcome for the picketers when they arrive.
Permission has been given to go ahead and post these photos now, so here they are - though they were taken before all have been put up, so by tomorrow morning, there will be more.
Here you go, AUPE. Here's what Artspace thinks of your invasion of our home.
Our Home Care
Care With Us
Not TO Us!
We will win the Battle
AUPE sings about solidarity
Artspace LIVES it.
It is during the worst times of your life that you will get to see the true colors of the people who say they care for you.
(this one is the favourite for a lot of people!)
provides care to approx 1/3 of our members
approx 2/3 of our members do not use SAIL
100% are fed up with union tactics
Heard from one striker
"You do not deserve our care!!"
You are right.
We Deserve BETTER.
Caution - children at play
Act Like Your Kids Live Here
Caution- Children playing
Our Kids Deserve A Summer
I decide who comes
into my home
Picketers are not
on that list
and never will be
Union Tactics Do Not Unite
A strike is just and adult temper tantrum.
Trust is earned, not demanded.
Our Home Care
Care with us not
SAIL into the future!!
Keep Calm and Co-op on
New staff user friendly
(can't make this one out)
in their own homes
This is OUR HOME
And finally, just to make sure the folks who show up, there are plenty of these posted around.
There were signs prepared reading "no public washrooms" as well, though with the "party" reduced to only 1 hour, they may not be needed.
Quite a few more signs were waiting to be hung up at the time these photos were taken, so things should be well "decorated" for AUPE picketers and whoever they've convinced to come out.
Happy Canada Day!