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HAMILTON, ON – Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will join local union members and community groups at a mass rally outside Hamilton City Hall tomorrow.

The rally is being organized by CUPE Ontario in coalition with education workers and community groups who are concerned about the attack on democratic rights contained in Bill 115 and other proposed legislation.

 “We are calling on MPPs from all parties to commit to repealing Bill 115 and to abandon any plans for other legislation that threatens our democratic rights to free collective bargaining and impartial arbitration for essential workers,” says Hahn

 CUPE represents 55,000 support workers in public, Catholic, French and English boards across the province. These workers are the educational assistants, school secretaries, instructors, early childhood educators, community advisory staff, food service workers, library technicians, custodians and others who are the backbone of our education system in Hamilton and throughout Ontario.

 WHO:  Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario, and speakers including

            Mary Long, President, Hamilton District Labour Council

            Linda Durkin, President, CUPE Local 3396

            Lisa Hammond, President, Hamilton Wentworth ETFO

            Chantal Mancini, President, OSSTF Local 21

            Jacqueline Hobbins, President, COPE Local 527

            Wes Elliott, Haudenosaunee land defender

            Tom Cooper, Chair, Hamilton Roundtable Against Poverty

            Amanda Stewart, Occupy Hamilton

WHAT: Rally and march

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15

WHERE: Hamilton City Hall


For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316