SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Today, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Sault St. Marie City Councillor Joe Krmpotich will join striking workers from CUPE Local 2073 on the picket line in front of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) office at 130 Queen Street East at 1:15 p.m. Following the picket, they will address the Sault Ste. Marie District Labour Council where they will raise concerns with the Canadian Hearing Society and the lack of services for the Deaf, Oral Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing Community in Sault Ste Marie.

Members of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2073), representing 227 counsellors, literacy instructors, audiologists, speech language pathologists, interpreters/interpreter trainers, clerical support, program coordinators, program assistants, information technology specialists and other staff at 24 Canadian Hearing Society offices across Ontario, have been on strike for one week.

Outstanding issues include proposed rollbacks to employee health benefits and wage adjustments after four years without a contract.

What: Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and City Councillor Joe Krmpotich visiting CUPE 2073 picket line before addressing Sault Ste. Marie District Labour Council

Where:  Picket line: 130 Queen Street East, 

Labour Council: 24 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

When: Tuesday, March 14, 1:15 p.m. at picket line, 1:30 p.m. at Labour Council 

For more information, please contact:

Paul Edwards, CUPE National Representative, 249-356-2849

Matthew Stella, CUPE Communications, 613-252-4377