Bridgepoint Hospital workers rally Wednesday to stop layoffs CUPE national president will join fight to save workers from poverty

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE National President Paul Moist, local
politicians and union leaders will be part of a rally starting at noon,
Wednesday, June 11 to stop the layoff of more than 200 personal service
providers at Bridgepoint Hospital.
    The hospital has announced plans to get rid of the workers over the next
18 months, replacing them with registered practical nurses - a complete
reversal of the staffing model they introduced 10 years ago.
    "These workers - mostly women, mostly from racial minorities, many with
only a few years left in the work force - are going to be forced out of good
jobs to work for poverty-level wages in home care or long-term care," said
CUPE Local 79 President Ann Dembinski. "We are demanding that the hospital
take every possible measure to ensure patients have a balance of care and that
these workers have the opportunity to stay with Bridgepoint in the new
positions as they are introduced."

    WHO:   CUPE National President Paul Moist,
           Local 79 President Ann Dembinski,
           MPP Peter Tabuns, Bridgepoint Hospital workers

    WHAT:  Rally to stop the layoffs of more than 200 personal support

    WHEN:  12 noon, Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    WHERE: Riverdale Park, Broadview Avenue north of Gerrard

For further information:

For further information: Jacqui Latter, CUPE Local 79, (416) 977-1629
ext 229; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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