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TORONTO CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and other labour leaders and community supporters will join Riverdale Hospital workers, members of CUPE Local 79, for an information picket and mass rally outside the Riverdale Hospitals Broadview entrance (near Broadview and Gerrard), on Tuesday, August 28, at 12:00 noon.

Our members have been fighting for a fair contract with the Riverdale ever since talks began last October, says CUPE 79 President Ann Dembinski. Talks have stalled over wage parity issues and other non-monetary issues, including an attack on lay-off notice and the unions exclusion from the hospitals operations planning process.

Like hospital workers all over the province, this predominantly female workforce has been struggling under crushing workloads to make ends meet, while employers try to improve their bottom line on the backs of the women and men who deliver hospital services, says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.

Riverdale Hospital is a chronic care/long term care facility in Toronto. Hospital workers do not have the right to strike in Ontario, and the information picket and rally is a lunch or break time activity for Riverdale hospital workers to pressure their employer to negotiate a fair contract.

Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
Ann Dembinski, CUPE 79 President
Riverdale Hospital Workers
Community and Labour supporters

Mass information picket and rally
For Riverdale Hospital Workers

12:00 noon - Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Riverdale Hospital
Broadview Entrance
Broadview and Gerrard, Toronto


For further information, please contact:
Ann Dembinski, CUPE Local 79 President
Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications

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