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  • What: Rally by workers in Community-Based Organizations
  • When: Tuesday, October 30, over the noon hour
  • Where: Department of Social Services Office, 1920 Broad St., Regina
  • Speakers: Gail Tiefenbach, Melanie Yablonski, Kim Pelletier

Regina: Employees from group homes, vocational training centres, womens shelters and other community-based organizations (CBO) around the province are holding a rally outside the Department of Social Services office tomorrow, October 30, to press their demands for much better wages.

The rally, sponsored by SGEU, CUPE and SEIU, will take place over the noon hour, outside Chateau Towers, 1920 Broad Street.

Although community-based organizations are a significant delivery arm of the Department of Social Services, the government has underfunded these agencies for years. Most community-based workers earn between $7 - $9 an hour much less than government employees doing work of equal value.

The rally coincides with the beginning of the budget planning process across government departments. Participants at the rally will remind the Saskatchewan government of its promise earlier this year to produce a long-term funding plan to address salary, training and operating cost issues in this sector.

They also will deliver an oversized Past Due Statement to the Department of Social Services, which funds most of the community-based agencies. Past Due Statements also are being hand-delivered to Regina MLAs tomorrow morning.

The rally is part of a Week of Action by community-based workers across Saskatchewan.

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For more information contact Aina Kagis at 525-5874, ext. 234