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(Peterborough) The union representing some 1,200 school board workers at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board says if their members are on strike by Monday, they will not be putting up picket lines at schools with polling stations.

CUPE Local 5555 President Charlotte Monardo says, “We have absolutely no intention of preventing people from voting on Monday. In fact, we urge people to exercise their democratic right in next Mondays municipal and school board elections.”

“As public employees, we want everyone to get out and vote on Monday, including our own members,” says Monardo.

Talks between the union and the school board continue today and tomorrow. CUPE has set a strike deadline of 11:30 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday, November 10).

(ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: A photo opportunity has been scheduled for this afternoon, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. in front of the KPDSB Education Centre at 1994 Fisher Drive. A company will be dropping off Port-A-Potties for use on the CUPE picket lines.)

For information:

Charlotte Monardo
President, CUPE Local 5555
(905) 373-2291 (Cell)
(705) 742-5356 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)

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