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LONDONToday, custodians and support workers opposed to the contracting out of custodial services by the London District Catholic School Board will boycott a scheduled board celebration intended to honour long-time employees. Some of those participating in the boycott and information picket outside Mother Teresa Secondary School are among those board employees being recognized for 25 years of service with the board and have been invited to attend the event.

The school board support workers are boycotting the celebration because Mother Teresa Secondary School, where the event is being held, is a contracted out site.

Its shameful that custodians have been invited to attend the ceremony at a school where they are not allowed to work. By proceeding with the celebration at this school, the board is showing utter disrespect for loyal employees who deserve better treatment, says Rosemary VanNeikerk, the president of Local 4186 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union that represents more than 700 support workers, including custodians at the Catholic board.

  • WHO:
    CUPE Local 4186 custodians and support workers

  • WHAT:
    Boycott and information picket of London District Catholic School Board 25-Year Employee Recognition Celebration

  • WHERE:
    Mother Teresa Secondary School 1065 Sunningdale Road, London

  • WHEN:
    May 20, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact:
Rosemary Van Neikerk
President, CUPE 4186
(519) 671-1200

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774