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MEDIA ADVISORY

TORONTO The National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Judy Darcy, will rally support for striking home care workers of the Senior Peoples Resources in North Toronto (SPRINT) tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27th,

at 2:30 p.m.

Darcy will bring her solidarity message to the picket line at 130 Eglinton Ave. following a strategy meeting with Ontario Union Leaders at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) to deal with the Ontario governments threatened rollback of employment standards in the province.

This strike is as much about protecting quality homecare services as it is about decent wages and working conditions, says Darcy. The changes the Ontario Government is threatening to make in Employment Standards will threaten the quality of public services right across this province, and were fighting back.

The 160 home care workers, members of Local 3896 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have been on strike since September 7th. They are fighting concessions at the bargaining table, a final offer of 0% for a one-year contract, their employers refusal to hand over pay equity owing since 1995 and no benefits.

(Attention assignment/photo editors, journalists: CUPE National President Judy Darcy will bring her message to the striking workers on the picket line at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27th at 130 Eglinton Avenue (between Yonge Street and Avenue Road.)

For further information, please contact:
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications
(416) 292-3999, ext. 216
Joanne Martin, CUPE National Rep.
(416) 292-3999, (416) 571-1256 (cell)

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