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OTTAWA, Ont. – Community outreach, case management workers, and support staff at the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), will hold an information picket at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 24, outside CMHA-Ottawa headquarters at 1355 Bank Street. The 87 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike if mediation talks fail to reach a settlement.

Who?  Community outreach, case management workers, and support staff
          at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Ottawa Branch
          members of Local 1521.01 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
          and supporters

What? Information picket to press for a fair contract

When? Monday, September 24, 12:00 noon

Where? Outside Ottawa branch of CMHA
            1355 Bank Street, Ottawa

The time has come for CMHA Ottawa Branch management to be true to the CMHA’s mission statement of equity, respect and social justice in the way they treat their own employees,” said Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE national representative. A strike date has been set for October 4, with mediation talks scheduled for September 25 and 26. Outstanding issues include addressing management favouritism in selecting applicants for job postings, layoff and recall, and professional development, excessive workloads, and reimbursement for work-related travel expenses

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE National Representative: 613-237-0115 or 613-293-8163 (cell)

Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications: 416-292-3999