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TIMMINS, Ont. – Donations from CUPE locals and labour groups, as well as CUPE’s Ontario Division and CUPE National, representing over half a million CUPE members across Canada, topped $58,000 this week in support of striking Child and Family Services of Timmins and District Workers.

The support we have received in terms of financial support and moral support, together with our strike pay and benefits, have made it possible for us to stay strong on the picket line,” said Kim Cress, CUPE 2196 spokesperson. “We are grateful for this help and it will sustain us as we continue our struggle for controllable workloads, but we urge our employer to return to the bargaining table and settle this strike for the sake of the children.”

Included in the donations was a $25,000 contribution from workers at the Toronto Children’s Aids Society, members of CUPE 2316, who recently settled their contract negotiations without a strike.

We have the support to sustain our strike, but we’d rather be working to help the children and families in our community who rely on our services, said Cress. “That’s why we are asking the board of directors to instruct management to return to the bargaining table and settle this dispute before our community is hurt by more tragedy.”


For further information, please contact:

Kim Cress, Bargaining Cttee spokesperson, CUPE 2196 - 705-465-2543 (cell)

Fran Ludwick, CUPE National Representative - 705-264-1269 (office) - 705-363-8387 (cell)

Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications - 416-292-3999 (office)