NEWMARKET, ON – Public and private sector unions in York Region will tomorrow join with community allies for a solidarity rally and food drive in support of striking members of Local 2073 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 2073).


The rally will take place at 12:00 p.m. outside the Newmarket offices of the Canadian Hearing Society, located at 713 Davis Drive. Employees of the office will be picketing from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Members of the public are invited to drop off non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, canned fish, tomato sauce, dry pasta, pancake mix and other items, as well as toilet paper, toothpaste and other personal care items. Additionally, there is a need for gluten-free food items.


Media wishing to cover this event are encouraged to contact Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, at 416-821-6641.


          WHAT:     Solidarity rally and food drive for striking CUPE 2073 members


          WHEN:     Monday, April 3, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


          WHERE:  Canadian Hearing Society offices, 713 Davis Drive, Newmarket


          WHY:        To show support for striking CUPE 2073 members


CUPE 2073 represents 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. They have been on strike since March 6.




For more information, please contact:


Marc Xuereb, CUPE National Representative, 647-217-1348

Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, 416-821-6641