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Edmonton The Edmonton Public School Custodial Workers, CUPE Local 474 has been busy distributing 10,000 white ribbons and information on violence against women to all staff in Edmonton’s Public Schools as part of its ongoing efforts to combat violence against women.

CUPE 474 undertook this annual campaign eight years ago after a custodial worker was attacked while working alone.

We promised her that we would do all we could to make sure that it would never happen to anyone else, and the white ribbon campaign is part of our effort, says CUPE 474 president Doug Luellman. We were asking all school board staff to wear the white ribbons this week in recognition of the need to end violence against women, he added.

What makes this unique is that we have distributed them to all staff in the district and we have linked up with the National White Ribbon Campaign which runs from November 25 to December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, says Luellman.

The school board has cooperated in the distribution of the ribbons and posters. Five years ago the board recognized our efforts and for the fourth year we are pleased to have them help up distribute the white ribbons and information to all staff, he added.

CUPE 474 represents the 600 custodial workers in Edmonton’s public schools.


For information: Doug Luellman phone: 447-5858, fax: 447-4999 or e-mail: cupe474@telusplanet.net