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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will hold a media conference on Thursday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m. to outline how specific privatization and contracting out issues are threatening the quality of local public services in The Kawarthas, particularly in the municipal, university and health care sectors.

Residents have bought and paid for these services, yet local institutions like the City of Kawartha Lakes, Trent University and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre are willing to sell them out to the lowest for-profit bidder,” says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan. “That ends up costing taxpayers more.”

This media conference is being held the day before CUPE Ontario hosts a free rock concert with Kim Mitchell to highlight the need to preserve public services that are the bedrock of strong communities.

Date:                      Thursday, September 25, 2008
Media Conference: 1:30 p.m.
Location:                Lindsay Fairgrounds
                              354 Angeline Street South

Speakers at the media conference will include Sid Ryan, Lyn Edwards representing municipal workers and Matthew Martin who is heading the anti-privatization campaign at Trent University.
The media conference will also address the loss of good jobs and the resulting economic impact on local communities when governments contract out services to private operators.

For more information, contact:

Valerie Dugale CUPE Communications     647-225-3685