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THUNDER BAY, ON Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, will join striking North of Superior Programs Workers for a picket rally and Were getting scrooged demonstration outside the Thunder Bay offices of the Ontario ministry of Health and Long Term Care tomorrow, Friday, December 17th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Who? Paul Moist, CUPE National President
NOSP striking workers (on strike since June 26th)
Community Supporters

What? Were getting scrooged demo and picket

When? Friday, December 17th, 2004
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where? Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Office
189 Red River Road (Corner of Red River and Water St.)
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Strike background: Thirty women who offer mental health, addiction counselling, gambling counselling, integrated services for northern children, have been on strike since June 26th, and theres no end in sight to the strike that has deprived northern communities of important mental health and social services for nearly six months. NOSP management today refused an offer from CUPE Local 3253 to send outstanding issues to arbitration, a move that would have ended the strike. NOSP is funded by the Ontario government, through the ministries of Health and Long Term Care, and Children and Youth Services.


For further information, please contact:

Dan Pike
CUPE National Rep.
613-293-3535 (cell)

Diane Atkinson
CUPE 3253 Spokesperson
807-229-7933 (cell)

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications

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