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LONDON The London Catholic District School Board has been shortchanging children in its newest schools by contracting out custodial services, says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.

Ryan will address school trustees on behalf of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4186 at tonights board meeting at Monsignor Feeney Centre for Catholic Education, 165 Elmwood Avenue East. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

With the cleaning contracts about to expire at nine schools, the board has an opportunity to ensure those students, teachers and staff have the same level of custodial service as their 50 other schools have, says Ryan. Students, parents and teachers know their schools are clean and safe when they are being cleaned by CUPE custodians who are decently paid and dedicated to their jobs.

Studies in cities like Edmonton and Calgary found that contracting-out left the schools dirtier, created health hazards and raised serious safety issues, he will tell trustees.

    Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario

  • What:
    Addresses London Catholic District School Board on behalf of CUPE Local 4186 on the issue of contracting-out custodial services

  • When:
    7:30 p.m., Monday, March 22, 2004

  • Where:Monsignor Feeney Centre for Catholic Education
    165 Elmwood Avenue East


For more information, please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
416-209-0066 (cell)

Rosemary Van Niekerk, President, CUPE 4186

Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-299-9739 ext 264