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SUDBURY – Hospital workers from Sudbury Regional Hospital and surrounding facilities are holding an information picket over Bill 8 outside Liberal MPP, Rick Bartolucci’s office on March 5, 2004 at 2:00pm. They are demanding to see amendments to the bill that take away the power it gives the provincial government to override collective agreements and restructure hospitals and health care facilities through privatization and contracting out.

The hospital workers are members of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). OCHU representatives recently made presentations at public hearings held by the Standing Committee on Justice and Social Policy of the Ontario Legislature when it arrived in Sudbury last month to hear from citizens about their reactions to Bill 8.

Who: Sudbury hospital workers

What: Bill 8 Picket outside Liberal MPP
Rick Bartolucci’s office

Where: 159 Cedar St., Ministry of Northern
Development and MinesSudbury

When: 2:00pm

Ever since the Ontario Liberals introduced Bill 8, the so-called Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act in November 2003, protest against its powers to undermine public health care and jobs in the sector have been mounting in facilities, activist groups and communities. Similar pickets are planned outside liberal constituency offices in dozens of cities across the province.

For more information on the campaign against Bill 8, please visit http://www.cupe.ca/www/bill8campaign.

The Ontario Council for Hospital Unions (OCHU) represents over 27,000 hospital workers in over 80 hospitals.

For more information, please contact:

Joanne ArnoldPresident, CUPE 1623 (Sudbury Regional Hospital) c: (705)626-0194

Diane Kalen, CUPE Communicationsc: (647)224-0662