WINDSOR – Windsor-area hospital workers will make a presentation at the public hearing on Bill 8 on Thursday, February 19th, 2004 at 10:00am held by the Standing Committee on Justice and Social Policy of the Ontario Legislature. They plan to present how the legislation introduced by the Liberals - the so-called Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act – will undermine our public health care system through the unprecedented powers it grants the provincial government to restructure, privatize and contract-out public health care operations and services to private corporations.
Geraldine Carey, President, CUPE Local 1132 (Windsor Regional) Ann Huffmon, VP of Area 1 OCHU Brian Manniger, President of CUPE Council (Windsor & Chatham)
Hospital workers presentation on Bill 8 to Standing Committee on Justice & Social Policy
10:00 am, Thursday, February 19, 2004 – half hour presentation(entire hearing runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
A copy of the presentation to the Standing Committee, as well as details of the campaign against Bill 8.
CUPE Local 1132 represents 320 RPNs and rehabilitation assistants at Windsor Regional Hospital. They are members of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), representing over 27,000 hospital workers in the province. Hospital workers across the province have meetings to discuss and adopt a strategy to challenge Bill 8 and its negative consequences for public health care, patient care and jobs in the sector. Details of the hospital workers campaign campaign against Bill 8 can be found at http://www.cupe.ca/www/bill8campaign
The Ontario Council for Hospital Unions (OCHU) represents over 27,000 hospital workers in over 80 hospitals.
For more information, please contact:
Geraldine Carey, President, CUPE Local 1132 o: (519) 966-9595
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications c: (647) 224-0662