Media Advisory - Loss of Nipissing Laundry would hurt local economy - Information picket Monday

    NORTH BAY, ON, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing 26 workers
at Nipissing Laundry warns the closure of the local facility will mean job
losses, reduced service and a negative impact on the local economy. Local 4384
of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will hold an information
picket on Monday, April 2nd, at 4:15 pm, in front of Nipissing Laundry,  
1598, Main Street West, in North Bay, to defend local laundry services.
    "Our facility has been offering local laundry services to area hospitals
and long-term care facilities for forty years," said Audrey Dwinnell,
president of CUPE 4384, and a twenty-year veteran of Nipissing Area Joint
Hospitals Laundry Inc. "It would be a shame for North Bay to lose these
services and jobs to Sudbury."
    Dwinnell made her comments after learning the laundry may be closed,
partly because the North Bay General Hospital's board of directors decided to
send laundry to Sudbury.
    "Casselholme long-term care and other area health care facilities rely on
Nipissing Laundry to provide fast, efficient laundry services," said Dwinnell.
"I don't think it's right to move everything to Sudbury, and I wonder what the
effect will be when winter storms close down highway 17 and we don't get our
shipments of laundry on time. I think they need to rethink this move."
    The closure of Nipissing Area Joint Hospitals Laundry Inc. would affect
hospitals and other health care and local facilities in Sturgeon Falls,
Mattawa, North Bay and surrounding communities.

    Who?   Audrey Dwinnell, president of CUPE 4384, laundry workers and
           Henri Giroux, president of CUPE North Bay District Council

    What?  Information picket to protest planned closing of Nipissing Laundry

    When?  4:15 pm, Monday, April 2nd, 2007

    Where? Nipissing Laundry
           1598 Main Street West, North Bay

For further information:

For further information: Audrey Dwinnell, President, CUPE 4384, (705)
494-4380; Colette Proctor, CUPE National Representative, (705) 474-9765; Henri
Giroux, CUPE District Council President, (705) 494-9302; Robert Lamoureux,
CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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