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OTTAWA – Ottawa garbage collectors and recycling workers are holding a strike vote tonight to back their demands for safe workloads and decent wages. The workers’ contract expired last December, and contract talks have not resolved these key issues.

The workers, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1338, pick up residential and commercial waste in over 80 per cent of the city. They also operate the Carp landfill and maintain the garbage trucks.

The 160 workers are employed by Canadian Waste Services Inc. The corporation is owned by Texas-based garbage multinational Waste Management.

Union representatives will be available to the media to announce the results of the strike vote immediately following the meeting.

Ottawa garbage and recycling workers, members of CUPE 1338

Announcement of strike vote results

Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 8 p.m.

Vanier Knights of Columbus Club, 260 McArthur Ave.

CUPE represents a half-million women and men working in municipalities, health care, education, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, airlines and emergency services.

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For information, contact:
Karin Jordan, CUPE Communications
(613) 237-1590 ext. 250 (work) - (613) 222-4436 (cell)
Andy Mele, CUPE National Representative
(613) 237-0115 (work) - (613) 223-9299 (cell)