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NORTH BAY, Ont. – The union representing 26 workers at Nipissing Laundry warns the closure of the local facility will mean job losses, reduced service and a negative impact on the local economy. Local 4384 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will hold an information picket on Monday, April 2nd, at 4:15 pm, in front of Nipissing Laundry, 1598, Main Street West, in North Bay, to defend local laundry services.

Our facility has been offering local laundry services to area hospitals and long-term care facilities for forty years,” said Audrey Dwinnell, president of CUPE 4384, and a twenty-year veteran of Nipissing Area Joint Hospitals Laundry Inc. “It would be a shame for North Bay to lose these services and jobs to Sudbury.”

Dwinnell made her comments after learning the laundry may be closed, partly because the North Bay General Hospital’s board of directors decided to send laundry to Sudbury.

Casselholme long-term care and other area health care facilities rely on Nipissing Laundry to provide fast, efficient laundry services,” said Dwinnell. “I don’t think it’s right to move everything to Sudbury, and I wonder what the effect will be when winter storms close down highway 17 and we don’t get our shipments of laundry on time. I think they need to rethink this move.”

The closure of Nipissing Area Joint Hospitals Laundry Inc. would affect hospitals and other health care and local facilities in Sturgeon Falls, Mattawa, North Bay and surrounding communities.

Who?  Audrey Dwinnell, president of CUPE 4384, laundry workers and supporters
           Henri Giroux, president of CUPE North Bay District Council

What?  Information picket to protest planned closing of Nipissing Laundry

When? 4:15 pm, Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Where? Nipissing Laundry
             1598 Main Street West, North Bay


For further information, please contact:

Audrey Dwinnell, President, CUPE 4384    705-494-4380
Colette Proctor, CUPE National Representative   705-474-9765
Henri Giroux, CUPE District Council President   705-494-9302
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications    416-292-3999