CUPE 855 urges Mayor McGee to help end municipal strike

    LINDSAY, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE 855, representing striking
workers at the City of Kawartha Lakes, is urging Mayor Ric McGee to show
leadership by doing what it takes to settle the week-long municipal strike.
The 400 municipal workers went on strike on Monday, February 4, to stop their
employer's repeated attacks on public services and on the 400 workers who
provide municipal services.
    "We believe it is our Mayor, not management, who has the full authority
to help end this strike," said Lyn Edwards, president of CUPE 855. "Residents
of the City of Kawartha Lakes elected him to lead our City - it's time for
Mayor McGee to stand up for public services and for the workers who help keep
our City running safely and smoothly."
    Management's contracting out agenda and unending tactics to undermine the
workforce led to this strike. Some of the outstanding issues include
management's refusal to compensate winter maintenance workers the appropriate
rate of pay for them to start at 4:00 am to keep the roads safe, denying women
workers the flexibility to balance work/family life, denying workers over 65
their entitled benefits, perpetuating the wage gap between Kawartha Lakes and
Peterborough workers, with Kawartha Lakes workers earning significantly less
than their counterparts in Peterborough, and management's unlimited powers to
contract out public services.
    "We are urging residents to contact the mayor and tell him to help end
this strike so we can go back to work and provide important public services
for our community," said Edwards.

For further information:

For further information: Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 President, (705)
878-2152; Alison Davidson, CUPE National Rep., (705) 760-5113; James Chai,
CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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