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MEDIA ADVISORY

TORONTO – Ontarios welfare offices have deteriorated and welfare workers have been intimidated, overworked, and abused since the introduction of the Ontario Works Program, says a study to be released at a news conference on:

Thursday, July 26
10:30 a.m.
At the Media Studio
Queens Park.

The study, Overloaded and Under Fire, was done by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 5,000 municipal welfare workers in Ontario. It is based on a survey of 480 welfare workers from across the province.

Speakers will include front-line welfare workers Helen Gavel and Tim McGuire, CUPE researcher and author of the report, Anne McGrath, and Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario.

Copies of the study will be available at the news conference.

CUPE represents over 180,000 workers in Ontario.

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Contact:
Shannon McManus, CUPE Communications, at
416-292-3999 or 416-766-3252.