Woodstock, Ont. – Oxford County public health workers and their supporters will participate in a ‘Stop Age Discrimination’ rally at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, February 27, to raise awareness of the County’s demands to cut off benefits for workers over the age of 65. The rally will take place outside the Oxford County Courthouse, where councillors are expected to participate in a bi-monthly council meeting.
“Our members are united to stop discrimination against a group of workers that should be respected for their experience and life long dedication to this community,” said Heather Grassick, CUPE national representative for Local 1146. “What is the message that this County is sending to our residents – that it’s ok to treat workers over 65 as second-class citizens? That’s unacceptable and our members are ready to fight this blatant discrimination.” The workers are facing a strike deadline on March 6.
Who? Oxford County Public Health workers and their supporters
What? ‘Stop Age Discrimination’ rally
When? Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 pm
Where? 415 Hunter Street
The 31 public health workers provide health inspection, health promotion, and administrative services in Oxford County. The workers’ last contract expired on December 31, 2006. Mediation talks between the employer and the union are scheduled for March 5.
For further information, please contact:
Heather Grassick James Chai
CUPE National Rep. CUPE Communications