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BRAMPTON, ON – Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will hold a solidarity picket and barbeque to support striking Coca-Cola workers in Brampton tomorrow.

“These workers are taking a stand for fairness at work,” said CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick, who will host the solidarity picket and barbeque. “Coca-Cola workers are walking the picket line to protect pensions for the next generation of workers, to stop the contracting out of good jobs and to ensure workers have the opportunity to move from temporary to full-time work. CUPE Ontario members join them in demanding this corporation, which makes billions in profits each year, respects workers.”

More than 700 workers at the Coke bottling facility in Brampton, members of CAW Local 973, have been in a legal strike position since midnight on June 27.

“It is outrageous that profitable corporations, like Coke, continue to demand that workers sacrifice retirement income security and access to full-time jobs just so they can pocket even bigger profits. It’s time to turn the tables and stand up for good jobs, for our children’s future and for our communities.”

CUPE is Ontario’s community union, with more than 240,000 members providing quality public services across the province. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards and universities.


For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316