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 – Tomorrow, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will announce the results of a vote taken by school board sector leaders on a tentative agreement negotiated for its 55,000 Ontario school support workers to determine whether they will recommend ratification.

CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn will make the announcement at 3:00 p.m., together with Terri Preston, chair of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee.

Details of the agreement will be released following the vote, which address the unique circumstances faced by school support workers.

WHO:      Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario president

             Terri Preston, chair of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Coordinating Committee

WHAT:    Announcement on the results of the leaders’ vote and media availability

WHEN:    Saturday, January 5 @ 3:00 p.m.

*Please note: the timing of the news conference is an estimate, and will be dependent upon the length of the meeting.

WHERE:   DoubleTree Hotel – Toronto Airport, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto

              Room Mississauga A

CUPE represents 55,000 support workers in public, Catholic, French and English school 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.

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For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316

Marjorie Savoie, CUPE Communications, 613-864-9924