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HAMILTON The president of Canadas largest union will be on hand at the McMaster University picket line this afternoon (Friday, March 30) to bring more financial support to the 1,650 striking workers.

Judy Darcy, National President of the 495,000-member Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the strike by members of the McMaster University Staff Association is gaining strong support among university workers across the country.

CUPE has already committed $100,000 in loan guarantees to MUSA, and undertaken a fundraising campaign with university locals. It has now secured another $35,000 in loan guarantees and thousands of dollars in cash. Just last weekend at a conference of university workers in Guelph, some $3,800 was collected for the McMaster strikers.

Darcy will also have a cheque for $5,000 from CUPE Local 4600, representing Teaching Assistants & Sessional Lecturers at Carleton University


CUPE represents about 22,000 university workers across Ontario, and has had its own members on strike in three universities recently, including TAs at McMaster, U of T and York University.

(EDITORS: Judy Darcy will be at the MUSA picket line for a 3:00 p.m. rally, Friday March 30, 2001 at the Main Street entrance to the campus)


For information:
Judy Darcy, CUPE National President
(613) 237-1590 (o)
Pam Beattie, Executive Assistant to Judy Darcy
(613) 761-8796 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(416) 292-3999 (o)