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OTTAWA, Ont. – Mediation talks broke off today without achieving a settlement for Scotiabank Place workers, after management failed to make a fair contract offer. Local 4809 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing the 61 conversion staff, will hold a media briefing at 9:00 am on Friday, May 4th, in the Judy Darcy boardroom, at the CUPE Ottawa area office, 20 James Street. The workers have a legal strike or lockout deadline of 12:01 am, May 7th, 2007.
Who?     CUPE National President Paul Moist
             CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux
             CUPE 4809 President Jason Roose
             CUPE National Representative Andy Mele
 What?   CUPE Media Briefing on breakdown in talks
             For Scotiabank Place conversion staff

When?   9:00 am, Friday, May 4th, 2007

Where?  CUPE Ottawa Area Office
             20 James Street, 2nd Floor
             Judy Darcy Boardroom
             Ottawa, Ontario (entrance off rear parking lot)

For further information, please contact:

Andy Mele                                                       Robert Lamoureux
CUPE National Representative                           CUPE Communications
613-237-0115                                                  416-292-3999
613-878-4444 (cell)                                          416-727-9144 (cell)