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MONTREAL – With the economy stumbling towards recession, and unemployment rising at an unprecedented speed, it is critical that women’s equality issues are not overlooked in the workplace.

Setting the Table: Bargaining Women’s Equality is the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ first conference focused on bargaining women’s equality. The conference, which runs from February 10 to 13, is devoted exclusively to examining women’s equality issues including pay equity, benefits, job protection, provisions for the work/life balance, and safe workplaces.

Opening the conference is Gloria Mills from UNISON, the largest union in the United Kingdom with over 1.4 million members. Mills, the director and national organizer on equality issues for UNISON, was the first black woman elected president of the UK’s Trade Union Congress in 2005.

WHAT: Setting the Table: Bargaining Women’s Equality, a national CUPE conference on women’s bargaining.

WHO: Keynote speaker Gloria Mills, former head of Britain’s Trades Union Congress and champion for diversity issues and equality in the workplace.

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal

WHEN: Conference opens at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 and ends on Friday, February 13. Ms Mills’ keynote speech will take place at 8:30 p.m. on February 10.

For further information or for interviews with Ms. Mills:
CUPE Media Relations – (613) 794-7867