NORTH BAY, ON – This week workers locked out of their jobs by Nipissing and Parry Sound Children’s Aid Society (CAS) will continue to show their thanks and dedication to the community that is supporting them so generously during the labour dispute.

On Tuesday, members of Local 2049 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are holding a blood drive for the donor clinic at the Best Western hotel in North Bay.

Donations of blood often drop in winter because holidays and bad weather discourage people from giving blood.

“One of the reasons we’re donating blood on Tuesday is to send the message that, locked out or not, we are here for our community, and we will always be here for the people we serve,” said Elizabeth Holmes, vice-president of CUPE 2049. “Giving blood is one of the best ways that you can demonstrate that.”


Who: Frontline child protection workers and administrative and support staff who were locked out of their jobs by the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound


What:  Blood drive, part of CUPE 2049’s “Pay It Forward” campaign, which is organized in recognition of the generous support they have received from the community since the lockout began December 23


When: Tuesday, February 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Where: Best Western North Bay Hotel and Conference Centre, 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, ON


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For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Holmes, Vice-President, CUPE 2049, 705-493-0129

Fran Bélanger, CUPE National Representative, 705-262-3909

Mary Unan, CUPE Communications, 647-390-9839