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CUPE members are keeping up the pressure in the campaign against for-profit health care. A cross-province speaking tour co-sponsored by CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is making headlines and drawing crowds in communities large and small. And a day of action against for-profit hospitals in Brampton and Ottawa drew thousands who delivered a clear message that profit is not the cure for health care.

The campaign is expanding to counter a third P3 hospital scheme that’s emerged in the small community of Uxbridge. CUPE representatives met with city councillors the day before a planned stop on the speaking tour, and got a frosty reception. But councillors got a surprise the following evening, when 120 people packed the public meeting and peppered them with tough questions. Together with the local health coalition, CUPE is mapping out a campaign to tap into that community concern and stop the P3 hospital.

CUPE and the Ontario Health Coalition are working together to let hospital managers and board members know privatization is nothing but trouble. They’re planning a rally and an alternative seminar on P3 hospitals that will run during the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership’s annual conference, where health care privatization is front and centre on the agenda.