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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The Ontario Municipal Employees Coordinating Committee (OMECC) annual conference will be held in Niagara Falls from Wednesday, March 30 to Saturday, April 2.

“We’re pleased to be here,” said James Watson, chair of the committee. “The annual conference gives us a chance to come together from around the province to plan strategies and work to strengthen and improve public services for our communities.”

“The City of Niagara Falls has been very welcoming,” says Cathy Slee, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 133, representing 300 inside and outside workers in Niagara Falls. “They are supportive of members. As well, a conference of this size is good for the economy, especially at this time of year when the tourism season hasn’t begun yet.”

Highlights of the conference include: a welcome from Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Lessons to Learn from the Municipal Elections of 2010 with Alison Langley of the Niagara Falls Review and a panel of CUPE members, an address by both CUPE National President Paul Moist and Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, and a closing address Saturday morning by Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario NDP.

Throughout the conference, there will be area reports from various parts of the province and a series of workshops. The conference is being held at Marriott Gateway to the Falls.


For further information, please contact:

Wendy Forbes            CUPE Communications         416-892-8716
Helen Manning            National Representative         416-220-9794