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Toronto – Today, the Provincial Legislature resumed sitting two weeks early to debate a McGuinty Government bill that would strip tens of thousands of education workers of their right to free collective bargaining, creating an unnecessary crisis in Ontario’s education system.

Tomorrow, thousands of school board support workers, educators and their supporters are expected to assemble on the south lawn of Queen’s Park to raise their voices in opposition to this unprecedented attack on working people by the McGuinty Government.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, which represents 55,000 school board support workers across the Province, has helped to organize this rally, along with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF).

Notice to assignment editors and photo desks: Representatives from CUPE Ontario, including President Fred Hahn and front line school board support workers, will be available for comment during Tuesday’s rally. The CUPE contingent will marshal around the flag located on the east side of the main entrance on the south lawn of the Legislature.

A CUPE Communications representatives will be on site. Media wishing to arrange interviews with CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn or front line school board support workers should contact Marjorie Savoie, CUPE Communications, by telephone at 613-864-9924.
  

WHAT: Rally and Protest against the McGuinty Government’s bill introduction

WHEN: Tuesday, August, 28, 12 Noon

WHERE: South Lawn, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario—CUPE Contingent will marshal around the flag located on the east side of the main entrance (look for the pink CUPE flags)

WHO: CUPE Ontario leadership including President Fred Hahn, along with the leadership of ETFO and OSSTF, and thousands of school board support workers, educators and their supporters

WHY: To collectively voice their opposition to the McGuinty Government’s introduction of legislation that will strip education workers of their basic right to bargain collectively with their employers.
  

For more information, contact:

Marjorie Savoie, CUPE Communications 613-864-9924