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NIAGARA Hospital workers in the Niagara Health System go to the polls next week to choose which union will represent them, and if attendance at rallies and public meetings is any indication, it looks like the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has the momentum to win, despite being outnumbered ten to one.

On August 23rd, hospital workers in the Niagara Health System will vote in a representation vote to choose which union will represent them, following the merger of eight Niagara area hospitals under the government of Ontarios Bill 136.

“Our members may be outnumbered, but we have a winning team behind us the nearly half a million CUPE members across the country who know that CUPE is the most democratic and dynamic union for public sector workers,” says Glenda Edgar, CUPE campaign committee chairperson. “Weve had CUPE volunteers come in from other public service sectors and from other regions to help us campaign because they want Niagara hospital workers to share the benefits of CUPE membership.”

“The level of energy and enthusiasm at our information meetings for SEIU membership during the weeks of the 8th to the 17th of August has been phenomenal,” says Dave Michor, CUPE Organizing Representative. “Members of Local 204 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are tired of having their local concerns ignored, and are ready to give CUPE a try. The questions they are asking demonstrate their keen interest in their future working conditions and their understanding of the importance of the choice they are about to make.”

Note to editors/photo journalists

CUPE will hold a campaign blitz/information session tomorrow, Friday, August 18th, at 9:00 am, at the St. Catharines General Hospital. Members of the media are invited to attend this public meeting.

Information Meeting
CUPE Campaign
St. Catharines General Hospital
9:00 a.m.

CUPE is Canadas largest union, representing 480,000 public sector workers from coast to coast, and this countrys largest health care union. One in sixty Canadians belongs to CUPE.


For further information, please contact:

Glenda Edgar
CUPE Campaign Chairperson
(905) 684-7100 (campaign hotline)
Dave Michor

CUPE Organizing Representative
(905) 541-7135