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TORONTOCUPE Local One President Pauline Niles will release a series of expert reports on Monday, May 12, responding to the proposed sale of Toronto Hydro Telecom, a telecommunications company wholly owned by the City of Toronto through Toronto Hydro Corporation.

Toronto Hydro Corporation announced last January that it was considering selling Telecom. Since that time, Local One has asked the Hydro board to convene a public meeting where Toronto residents can have their say about the future of this valuable public asset.

While waiting for a response, the local commissioned reports from experts in the fields of telecommunications and municipal restructuring. Two of the authors, Prof. Robert Hebdon, McGill Desautels Faculty of Management and Prof. Andrew Clement, University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies, will join Niles. A third report was prepared by The SeaBoard Group, a leading Canadian technology research and strategy consulting company.

CUPE Local One represents 27 unionized employees who work for Telecom as well as 1,250 employees of Toronto Hydro.

WHO:  Pauline Niles, President, CUPE Local One
Prof. Andrew Clement, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
Prof. Robert Hebdon, McGill Desautels Faculty of Management

WHAT: Release of expert reports on the future of Toronto Hydro Telecom

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 12, 2008

WHERE: Conference Room C, Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto


For more information, contact:

Pauline Niles, President, CUPE Local One, 416-968-2549 x 22
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999; cell 416-616-6142