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ESPANOLA – Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members from across Ontario are heading to Sudbury and Espanola this Saturday to lend their support to striking Espanola community living workers (CUPE 2462).

A rally is planned for Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 12:00 noon at the Ontario Provincial Building in Sudbury. Supporters attending the rally will then travel to Espanola where they will join the CUPE 2462 picket line at 2:00 p.m.

Community living agencies are provincially funded. For more than a decade, provincial underfunding of the community living sector has resulted in long waiting lists for services and low wages and heavy workloads for front line staff.

Although there are issues specific to the administration of the Espanola agency that have contributed to the strike by CUPE 2462, the provincial government is also responsible. And this is why we are rallying at a provincial government location.

The social service minister knows funding for developmental services is dismally low, yet has done little to address the funding gaps that are contributing to strikes in the sector,” says Jim Beattie, CUPE Associations for Community Living Bargaining Committee (ACLBC) chair.

  • WHO:
    CUPE members from across Ontario and striking Espanola community living workers (CUPE 2462)

  • WHAT:
    Support rally and picket for CUPE 2462

  • WHERE:
    • Ontario Provincial Building Larch and Paris Streets, Sudbury


    • Community Living Espanola Administrative Office
      345 Centre Street, Espanola


    • Saturday, June 4, 2005 — 12:00 noon


    • Saturday, June 4, 2005 — 2:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact:
Michelle Loiselle, CUPE National Representative - (705) 562-1390
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications - (416) 578-8774