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OTTAWA, Ont. – With Ottawa City Council about to table budget proposals that will slash public services and jobs, leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are warning that Council’s actions will come at a high cost to the quality of life in the nation’s capital.

Libraries have been on the chopping block, wait lists for child care spaces are growing, recreation programs are threatened, there are unsafe living conditions in community housing and there’s a growing shortage of paramedics. As well, the Ottawa Hospital is looking to privatize lab services, which will lead to service reductions.

National, provincial and local CUPE leaders will make the case that shedding public services, or contracting them out to for-profit operators, is not the way to go especially given the economic downturn. At this conference:

Date:    Thursday, October 30, 2008
Media Conference: 10:30 a.m.
Location:   Jack Purcell Community Centre,  Room 201 – 320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin Street)
Speakers will include:
• Paul Moist, CUPE National President
• Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer
• Brian Madden, President of CUPE 503 representing Ottawa municipal workers
• Bruce Waller, President of CUPE 4000 representing Ottawa hospital workers

The media conference is being held in advance of a free ”Rock for Public Services” concert being hosted by CUPE on November 1 with Trooper, The Cooper Brothers and Bowser and  Blue.


For more information, contact:

Valerie Dugale CUPE Communications   647-225-3685
Luc Tittley  CUPE Communications  416-910-2389