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GREATER SUDBURY The union representing 85 Greater Sudbury Hydro workers, on strike since June 19th, is calling on Councillor Doug Craig to apologize to the people of Sudbury, after public comments he made about a recent resolution put forward at City Council, suggesting the Board of Directors of Greater Sudbury Hydro resign.

I think people are beginning to see what type of individual were dealing with at Hydro, says CUPE National Representative Dennis Burke, referring to Craig, chair of the Hydro Board. The guys so tied up in ideology, a move by councillors to support working people in Greater Sudbury means theyre somehow in the pocket of unions, according to Craig. He should apologize to the councillors and the public for trying to thwart democracy. The union is concerned that anyone who speaks out on their behalf will become the target of public attacks by the Hydro Board Chair.

Is Craig saying that anyone he supports on any issue has a big pocket waiting for him to rest in, asks Burke. Its preposterous and it sidesteps the issues in this strike. Here you have a Board holding the people of Greater Sudbury hostage so they can deny future seniors their health care benefits, something that wont come into effect until 20 years from now. It makes you wonder whose pocket Craigs in.

This should show the people of Greater Sudbury that Craig is not interested in settling this strike, says Burke. Councillors are supposed to represent all the people of Greater Sudbury. If the Hydro Board is not prepared to solve this crisis, its only natural for people to expect them to resign.

For further information, please contact:

Dennis Burke
CUPE National Rep.
705-674-7557 (office)
705-669-9463 (cell)

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications