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The workers who provide personal health care support will rally outside Health Minister George Smitherman’s office tomorrow, Friday, June 22, in a bid to finally obtain money recently pledged to increase their wages. 

The problem?  Funding recently intended to increase the low wages paid to personal support workers (PSWs) — those who do some of health care’s most difficult jobs — is being kept by some of the employers instead.  It amounts to an increase of $1.49 per hour.  Health Minister Smitherman can make the money flow.  The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging him to do the right thing. 

WHAT:   Rally to demand PSWs get their dollar-forty-nine

WHO: Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
        Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario
        Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress
        Kelly O’Sullivan, President, CUPE 4308
        Robin Miller, President, CUPE 3202
        Musician Faith Nolan will be performing

WHEN: Friday, June 22 at 12:00 Noon 

WHERE: The office of George Smitherman, Minister of Health & Long-Term Care
 80 Grosvenor Street (North of College, West of Bay), Toronto

For more information, please contact:

Kelly O’Sullivan President, CUPE 4308  416-529-9600 (C)
David Robbins  CUPE Communications  613-878-1431 (C)