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The National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Judy Darcy, is going to meet with workers at Cornwall General Hospital in Ontario tomorrow.

Front-line health care workers are the best advocates for strong public services, says Darcy, and I want to consult with them about the fight to save universal Medicare.

Darcy will also talk to workers about CUPEs stand on health care issues in Ontario’s provincial election campaign. CUPE opposes the Conservative governments efforts to privatize health services, and wants all three parties to remember the important role that front-line health care workers played in the SARS crisis.

Darcy will tour Cornwall General Hospital, then have lunch in the Samuel Aber Room with CUPE members. At 1:15 pm, outside the main entrance to the hospital, she will be available to answer questions from the media.

CUPE represents 190 workers at the hospital, including registered practical nurses, cleaners, tradespeople, clerical workers and dietary staff. Across Canada, CUPE represents over 525,000 workers, making it the countrys largest union.

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For more information:
Kaj Hasselriis
CUPE National Communications
613-237-1590 ext. 268 (office)
613-798-6925 (cell)