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TORONTO Sid Ryan, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario Division will join conciliation talks tomorrow between CUPE Local 12 and the municipality of Chatham-Kent to underscore the unions determination not to accept concessions like cuts to benefits.

The employer in this municipality is trying to put a two-year limit on long-term disability benefits, Ryan said. They also want to lengthen the time a worker has been on payroll before they are eligible for re-employment when injured on the job.

This is unacceptable and CUPE Ontario is giving its full support to our 180 members who risk injury or illness as they provide public services to the people of Chatham-Kent.

Talks begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Wheels Inn, 615 Richmond Street, Chatham. The legal strike/lockout deadline is Thursday, February 17th.

CUPE Ontario represents more than 200,000 women and men working in the provinces municipalities, utilities, schools boards, universities, social services, hospitals and other health care services.


For more information, contact:

Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario, (416) 209-0066 (cell)
Brian Manninger, President, CUPE Local 12, (519) 359-8601 (cell)
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 299-9739 ext. 264