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AJAX, Ont. – Tonight, residents in Ajax, who are meeting with local health officials to discuss what possible restructuring of their hospital will mean in terms of service cuts, will have support from Sid Ryan, Ontario President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as well as CUPE Local 4365 representing workers at Rouge Valley Health Care.


“This is an area of the province that has significant population growth and the demands for services that could be cut under restructuring have never been greater, said Ryan. “The Ajax community can successfully stop these proposed service cuts if they are prepared to mobilize residents and stand up for the health care services they need.”


Ryan pointed to communities like Midland and Uxbridge, where residents have successfully saved hospital services through community mobilization. The Ajax community has already made a good start in delaying the transfer of 20 psychiatric beds to Centenary Hospital.


At tonight’s meeting:


Date:              Thursday, April 10, 2008


Time:             7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Location:      Ajax Community Centre

                        75 Continental Street (beside Ajax/Pickering Hospital)      


Residents and union members will meet with the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) regarding restructuring of the Rouge Valley Health System, which includes the Ajax and Pickering General Hospital and Centenary Health Centre.


CUPE is the largest union of health care workers in Ontario, representing 75,000 members who work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), community care and emergency services.




For more information, please contact:


Valerie Dugale            CUPE Communications         (647) 225-3685

Sid Ryan                     President, CUPE Ontario       (416) 209-0066