Media advisory - CUPE National President Paul Moist to lead City of Hamilton workers' rally against two-tier employment on Wednesday

    HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE National President Paul Moist
will lead a 'Stop Two-Tier Employment' rally for Hamilton municipal workers at
6:00 pm, Wednesday, January 9, at the Hamilton Convention Centre, to raise
awareness of the City's unjust treatment of so-called 'casual' workers, who
work full-time performing the same duties as other full-time municipal staff.
    "How is it possible that workers, some with over 6 years of service, are
denied the same workplace rights and benefits as their full-time colleagues,"
said Paul Moist, CUPE National President. "CUPE is committed to fighting
discrimination in all its forms, including this attack on frontline staff who
work hard to provide public services in Hamilton."
    "Our members are standing up at this rally to show residents the
discrimination 'casual' workers face in the City of Hamilton," said Derron
Vernon, CUPE 5167 president. "We are here to tell Council to treat all workers
with respect, and end this shameful practice." At 7:00 pm, the workers will
march into the convention centre to attend the Hamilton City Council meeting.

        Who?         Paul Moist, CUPE National President
                     City of Hamilton workers and their supporters

        What?        'Stop Two-Tier Employment' rally

        When?        Wednesday, January 9, 6:00 pm

        Where?       Hamilton Convention Centre - Summer's Lane
                     Hamilton, Ontario

    The 2,700 'inside' and 'outside' workers are currently in contract talks
with the city, seeking a fair deal to prevent a strike or a lockout. The
workers' last contract expired on December 31, 2006.

For further information:

For further information: Derron Vernon, CUPE 5167 President, (905)
517-0448; Andrew Hunter, CUPE National Rep., (905) 531-7599; James Chai, CUPE
Communications, (416) 292-3999

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