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Lindsay, Ont. – CUPE 855, representing 400 municipal workers at the City of Kawartha Lakes, will urge City Council to protect public services by supporting the union’s bid to reach a fair contract, in upcoming mediation talks. CUPE 855 president Lyn Edwards will address councillors, in a ‘closed session’ at today’s council meeting – Tuesday, January 29, at 4:00 p.m.

                Who?          Lyn Edwards, President, CUPE 855

                What?         ‘Protect Public Services’ presentation

                When?        Tuesday, January 29, at 4:00 p.m.

                Where?      City of Kawartha Lakes City Hall

Edwards will make a presentation to council urging them to support city workers’ main bargaining issue – protecting public services.  Currently, management has the unlimited power to contract out any of the public services provided by the City.  The union wants to keep public services in-house by seeking contract language that will protect public services against contracting out. Mediation talks are scheduled for January 31 and February 1, with a lockout or strike deadline of 12:01 a.m., February 4.

Note: Edwards will be available for media interviews after her presentation to Council members.

For further information, please contact:

Lyn Edwards                       Alison Davidson                 James Chai
CUPE 855 President            CUPE National Rep.            CUPE Communications
705-878-2152                    705-760-5113                    416-292-3999