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TORONTO - The leadership of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario from across the province voted unanimously this morning to take province-wide strike action if the McGuinty Liberals continue with Bill 206, the new OMERS legislation, in its current state.

Over 450 leaders attended an emergency meeting in Toronto, called to debate and vote on a plan of action to stop Bill 206.

The resolution passed read as follows:

CUPE, in co-operation with locals with OMERS members, organize votes commencing in February 2006, to approve province-wide strike action if the Ontario Liberal government persists in pushing through Bill 206, the new OMERS legislation, in its current form.

Sid Ryan, president of CUPE Ontario, has set February 10 as the deadline for the government to meet CUPE demands.

Following the emergency meeting, participants marched on Queen’s Park where they held a rally.

At 3:45 p.m. today, CUPE will make its second, follow-up submission to the General Government Committee regarding Bill 206.

For further information or interviews, contact:

Wendy Forbes
CUPE communications representative
(416) 299-9739 ext. 264