Media advisory - Niagara Region rocks to bring home importance of public services and problems with privatization



    THOROLD, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Ontario will hold a media conference on Thursday, August 21
at 10:30 a.m. in Thorold to outline how provincial underfunding and
privatization are threatening the quality of local public services including
health care and social services.
    "Residents have bought and paid for these public services. Yet cuts to
social services and so-called 'restructuring' by the provincial health
ministry is going to cut or relocate vital health services across the region,"
says CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Fred Hahn.
    The media conference will also address the loss of good jobs and the
resulting economic impact on local communities when governments contract out
services to private operators or enter into expensive public-private
partnerships (P3s) to build community facilities.

    
    Date:              Thursday, August 21, 2008
    Media Conference:  10:30 a.m.
    Location:          CUPE 1287 Office
                       133 Front Street North, Thorold
    

    Along with Fred Hahn, speakers will include Diane Cormier, a health care
worker and member of the Local Health Care Coalition, as well as Carolyn
Taylor, President of CUPE 1287 representing social workers in the region.
    This media conference is being held the day before CUPE Ontario hosts a
free rock concert with April Wine in Thorold to highlight the need to preserve
public services that are the bedrock of strong communities.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Tittley, CUPE Communications, (416)
910-2389; Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647) 225-3685

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