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(Hamilton) The creation of a new mega-local of municipal workers in the Hamilton area will mean the new City of Hamiltons public services are in good hands.

Thats the assessment of CUPE Local 5167 President Gus Oliveira, who says “the recent merger between CUPE Locals 5 and 167 - along with former CUPE locals in Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, Flamborough and Dundas - put the union in a strong position to protect the quality of those public services.”

Outside workers in Ancaster, members of CUPE Local 2064, will vote May 30th on merging with the new Local 5167.

At a special membership meeting May 16 (7:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Banquet Centre), Local 5167 will vote on the various mergers.

Oliveira says, “The consolidation of the CUPE locals will help facilitate the upcoming amalgamation. It will also help the community realize the goal of attaining the best value in public services.”

“As part of Canadas largest union, Local 5167 will continue to strongly advocate for the delivery of public services by public employees,” says Oliveira.

Local 5167 now represents some 2,200 municipal workers. If all of the remaining mergers are approved it will grow to some 2,500 CUPE municipal workers.

For information:
Gus Oliveira, President, CUPE Local 5167
(905) 522-0917 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)

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