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LONDON Some 86 employees with the Middlesex-London Health Unit have set a strike deadline of July 22 (12:01 a.m.).

The members of CUPE Local 101.2, who perform public health inspection, dental and clerical functions for the Health Unit, will be in mediation July 21. Along with a mediator from the Ministry of Labour, they will be trying to negotiate a new contract and avert a strike.

Says CUPE National Rep. Fred Blake, Outstanding issues include concessions on hours of work, wages and an expanded normal work week.

Unfortunately, says Blake, when we last met with the employer in conciliation they maintained their demand for concessions on hours of work, but actually lowered their previous wage offer.

Says Blake, As a result weve had to file a charge of bargaining in bad faith with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

The CUPE National Rep. says, If its the Health Units intention to negotiate a settlement to this dispute, they sure are going about it in an odd way.

For information:

Fred Blake, CUPE National Rep.

(519) 433-1753 (o), (519) 474-3610 (h)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.

(416) 292-3999 (o)

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