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Hamilton, Ont. – CUPE National President Paul Moist will lead a ‘Stop Two-Tier Employment’ rally for Hamilton municipal workers at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, January 9, at the Hamilton Convention Centre, to raise awareness of the City’s unjust treatment of so-called ‘casual’ workers, who work full-time performing the same duties as other full-time municipal staff.

How is it possible that workers, some with over 6 years of service, are denied the same workplace rights and benefits as their full-time colleagues,” said Paul Moist, CUPE National President. “CUPE is committed to fighting discrimination in all its forms, including this attack on frontline staff who work hard to provide public services in Hamilton.”

Our members are standing up at this rally to show residents the discrimination ‘casual’ workers face in the City of Hamilton,” said Derron Vernon, CUPE 5167 president. “We are here to tell Council to treat all workers with respect, and end this shameful practice.”   At 7:00 pm, the workers will march into the convention centre to attend the Hamilton City Council meeting.

                Who?            Paul Moist, CUPE National President
                                     City of Hamilton workers and their supporters

                What?          ‘Stop Two-Tier Employment’ rally

                When?          Wednesday, January 9, 6:00 pm

                Where?         Hamilton Convention Centre – Summer’s Lane
                                    Hamilton, Ontario

The 2,700 ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ workers are currently in contract talks with the city, seeking a fair deal to prevent a strike or a lockout.  The workers’ last contract expired on December 31, 2006.


For further information, please contact:

Derron Vernon                     Andrew Hunter                  James Chai
CUPE 5167 President            CUPE National Rep.           CUPE Communications
905-517-0448                      905-531-7599                  416-292-3999