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KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont. Inside and outside municipal workers with the City of Kawartha Lakes, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), ratified a collective agreement last night, Friday, April 22, averting a strike that was set to begin today.

We want to thank the people of Kawartha Lakes for their support throughout this process, said Lyn Edwards, president of CUPE 855. A municipal strike would have affected public services such as roads maintenance, snow removal, parks, water and waste treatment, landfill, accounting, administrative, library, customer service, by-law enforcement, social services and others. The workers last contract expired on December 31, 2004.

Details of the collective agreement will not be available until City of Kawartha Lakes municipal councilors ratify the new contract on Tuesday, April 26.


For further information, please contact:
Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 President, 705-357-1480
Lee Doutisis, CUPE National Representative, 705-743-0600
James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999