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May 17, 2001

ALGOMA – Emergency service paramedics and municipal social services workers at the Algoma District Services Administration Board exercised their democratic rights as workers and chose the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to be their union in a representation vote held May 15th.

We are very pleased these workers will be joining the CUPE family,” says André Lamoureux, CUPE National Orgnanizing Representative. “CUPE is a leader in fighting for public sector workers’ rights and these workers have joined an organization that will stand up for quality public services in all the communities served by the Algoma D.S.A.B., including Hornepayne, White River, Dubreuilville, Wawa, St. Joseph’s Island, Thessalon, Blind River and Elliot Lake.

Voter turnout was strong in Tuesday’s vote and CUPE won 75 votes, compared with only 13 votes for the CAW and 0 votes for SEIU, the two other unions on the ballot.

For further information, please contact:

Elaine Switzman André Lamoureux Robert Lamoureux
President, CUPE Local 3631 CUPE National Rep. CUPE Communications Rep.
(705) 842-5808 ext. 216 Organizing (416) 292-3999, ext. 216
(613) 360-5392 (cell)
(416) 292-3999, ext. 211 (voice mail)