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(Toronto) Toronto water plant workers will hold a Water Watch demonstration and rally tomorrow afternoon (October 12) to protest staff reductions at the citys water filtration and sewage treatment plants.

The workers, members of the Toronto Civic Employees Union, CUPE Local 416, will be joined by CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan at the Humber Treatment Plant for the 4:00 p.m. event.

They will use the event to draw attention to:

  • Staff reductions in Torontos water plants as a result of the citys Works Best Practices program

  • Concern about the impact on our citys water quality

  • Potential threat of privatizing our water system

Just last week, there was a motion at council to set up a separate organization to run the citys water and wastewater system which would operate like a private company.

(ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: The Toronto Water Watch rally takes place at the Humber Treatment Plant, 130 The Queensway (at Lakeshore) at 4:00 p.m., October 12.)

For information:
Frank Morrisey, Local 416 Unit Chair
Water & Wastewater Division
(416) 823-5568 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o) or (416) 200-6126 (Cell)

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