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WINDSOR, Ont. – Windsor anti-poverty activists will be joined by workers from across the province for a huge anti-poverty rally tomorrow in Riverfront Festival Plaza at noon.

The rally is being organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and other partners in the Raise the Rates campaign to highlight the growing problem of poverty in our community and our province.

The Raise the Rates campaign is calling on the provincial government to:

  • Raise Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program to restore the 55 percent loss in value since cuts made by Conservatives in 1995
  • Provide a $14/hour minimum wage fully indexed to inflation
  • Fully restore the Special Diet and Community Start-Up benefits
  • Commit to not merging Ontario Works and the ODSP

CUPE Ontario members from every corner of the province are holding their annual Convention across the street and will march to Riverfront Festival Plaza, where they will join local anti-poverty and labour activists.

WHAT:           Rally for a Better Ontario
WHO:             Speakers include CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury, Paul Chislett from the Windsor Workers Action Centre, Liisa Schofield from OCAP and Patrick Hannon from Making Waves
WHEN:           Friday, May 30 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Riverfront Festival Plaza, near Glengarry Avenue and

                        Riverside Drive East

CUPE is Ontario’s community union, with members providing quality public services we all rely on in every part of the province every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.


For more information, please contact:

Craig Saunders, CUPE Communications, 416-576-7316

[email protected]