CUPE Ontario launches radio campaign urging Ontarians to vote for candidates who will fix the school funding formula now

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE Ontario, the union representing
45,000 school support workers in Ontario, has launched a province-wide radio
campaign calling on Ontarians to vote for candidates who will fix the faulty
school funding formula now. The campaign kicked off today on the first day
back to school and will run in cities across Ontario until September 10.
    "With school boards grappling with a continued funding crisis, we're
asking parents to vote their conscience and vote for candidates who will fix
the faulty funding formula now," said Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE
Ontario. "People are frustrated that the McGuinty Liberals made a promise to
fix the faulty funding formula brought in by the Conservatives, but haven't.
It's time to take this issue to the ballot box to bring about the changes that
our kids and our schools deserve."
    Hahn said that a recent funding announcement from the McGuinty government
will provide some temporary relief, but parents and school boards shouldn't be
fooled by such an outright election ploy as the October 10 vote looms.
    "It's a quick fix that won't solve the ongoing crisis that school boards
face," said Hahn. "Custodians and secretarial staff have continued to be laid
off, jeopardizing school safety and health. Educational Assistants continue to
have their jobs cut or have their hours cut back, hurting our schools' most
vulnerable students."
    "Let's not forget that this problem was brought about courtesy of the
Conservatives when they were in power," noted Hahn. "Their current platform,
with its divisive proposal to fund faith-based schools, will only suck further
money out of the already beleaguered public education budget in this
    So far, only the NDP have promised to fix the funding formula by the end
of the coming school year. "Public education is an essential value and service
that voters of Ontario expect our government to provide in a comprehensive
way," adds Hahn. "It is why CUPE Ontario, the province's largest public sector
union, is advocating that it's time for government to put people first-instead
of private profits or tax cuts-in this and all other public services. The NDP
is the only party with a platform to do that for public education."

    CUPE Ontario's ads will run in cities including Thunder Bay,
Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Sudbury, North Bay, Brockville, Oshawa/Durham,
Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines and Windsor.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (416)
299-9739 ext 264, (647) 225-3685; Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer,
(416) 299-9739 ext 308, (416) 540-3979

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