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Niagara-on-the Lake Six of the fourteen striking workers were to be recognized at the boycotted luncheon.

We are going to protest and boycott this charade of a celebration, says Steve Leavitt, president of Local 1287 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Some of our members have worked here for more than ten years, and they deserve better than to be patronized with a bogus luncheon when the Conference Board refuses to pay them decent wages.

  • Who?
    Striking workers from Niagara Institute and their supporters

  • What?
    Rally to protest Celebration Luncheon at the
    Conference Board of Canada

  • When?
    12:00 noon
    Wednesday, June 16th

  • Where?
    Conference Board of Canada (Head Office)
    255 Smythe Road (Corner of Smythe and Alta Vista)
    Ottawa, Ontario

On strike since June 7th, the workers perform critical program support, clerical and purchasing functions. The workers are fighting for a fair wage increase. They offer essential services that support the Niagara Institutes executive leadership programs on labour negotiations, resolving differences and reaching mutually acceptable agreements. While the Conference Board and the Institute help corporate executives behave as good corporate citizens, they have failed to apply their own teachings toward their own workers, adds Leavitt.


For further information, please contact:
Andrew Hunter, CUPE National Representative
519-865-2915 (cell)
Steve Leavitt, President, CUPE Local 1287
905-685-0001 (office)
James Chai, CUPE Communications

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