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SEATTLE - Representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are in Seattle to protect Canada’s health care and education from the corporate carve-up by opposing any new global trade deal.

CUPE is taking part in non-governmental meetings leading up to the World Trade Organization’s ministerial summit. As Canada’s largest union with 475,000 members working in the public and private sectors, CUPE is deeply concerned that the Canadian government isn’t taking concrete action to protect Canada’s public services from privatization.

CUPE spokespeople are available for comment and interviews.

CUPE represents 475,000 women and men in health care, education, municipalities, social services, utilities, libraries, airlines and emergency services.

For more information:

Morna Ballantyne 613-791-3411 (cell)
Catherine Louli 613-851-0547 (cell)

To see up-to-date grassroots coverage of events in Seattle, click here.

To read an online interview with Morna Ballantyne, click here. To listen to the interview in RealAudio, click here.

For background information on the WTO and the threat it poses to public services, click here.

To fax a letter to your MP about the WTO, click here.