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London Heading into a provincial election, London area education workers are working with parents, teachers and others in the community who believe in adequate funding for public education, to form a local alliance focused on rebuilding public education in our province.

Sid Ryan, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will be the keynote speaker at the initial meeting of the alliance on Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road.

“The government’s own education task force said our schools are underfunded. The report said that more than $2.1 billion must be put back into public education by the Conservative government.

“Like in other communities, parents and education workers are banding together to fight for quality education for our children. The Conservatives will find that throughout Ontario, community education alliances will be grilling candidates on education issues, and will be demanding that the billions in funding be put back into the system immediately,” says Ryan.

At a meeting of education support workers last September, delegates attending endorsed the following actions.
  • A no concession stance by all CUPE locals at the bargaining table in the education sector;
  • A commitment to a strategic strike date;
  • Coordinating mobilization with teachers’ unions and parent groups;
  • Local actions targeting area school boards;
  • CUPE locals building parent/community/union coalitions in support of public education province-wide.

For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774