Media Advisory - National president joins striking Local 501 at Friday rally

    CHARLOTTETOWN, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE National President Paul Moist
will walk the picket line alongside Charlottetown waste water treatment plant
employees of striking Local 501 at a rally being held this Friday, October
24th at noon in front of City Hall.
    Rally organizers anticipate large numbers of CUPE members from across
sectors to gather at the corner of Queen and Kent streets in a show of
solidarity for the striking workers.
    Five water treatment plant employees have been on strike since October
17, after talks between CUPE Local 501 and the City of Charlottetown reached
an impasse. The workers have been without a collective agreement for almost
two years, largely due to the city's refusal to negotiate an acceptable wage
    The city's last offer failed to match the monetary package recently
offered to the city's water department employees, and does nothing to address
other outstanding monetary issues such as vacation.
    "These highly skilled city employees provide a critical service that the
people of Charlottetown depend on. The city's refusal to acknowledge them is
disrespectful to both the workers and the community," says Moist.

    WHAT:     Rally in support of striking Local 501 waste water treatment
              plant employees

    WHO:      Guest speaker Paul Moist - national president, CUPE

    WHEN:     Friday, 24 October 2008, 12:00 pm

    WHERE:    Charlottetown City Hall (corner of Queen & Kent streets)

For further information:

For further information: For interviews with Paul Moist: Allison
Gifford, CUPE Communications, (613) 484-2571; For interviews with Local 501:
Bill McKinnon, CUPE National Representative, (902) 439-1055; Media

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