Media advisory - "We won't be muzzled:" Front line Kingston hospital staff tell McGuinty Liberals

    Kick off advocacy campaign with media conference, rally

    KINGSTON, ON, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Front line Kingston General Hospital
(KGH) staff-members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)-will hold
a media conference and rally tomorrow to kick off a campaign focused on
community advocacy as the Ontario Liberal government moves ahead on radical
health system changes that many anticipate will affect local health service
    Louis Rodrigues, president of CUPE 1974, the local union representing
1,400 KGH staff, says his members are concerned that there is a real effort by
the McGuinty Liberals to muzzle our communities' democratic right to advocate
for adequate health service funding."
    Recent efforts by the area Liberal MPP and the head of the regional
health network to discredit a KGH community awareness campaign focused on
provincial underfunding and the effect on hospital service levels and staff
morale are worrisome, says Rodrigues. "The plan appears to be to intimidate
those calling for adequate funding and services into silence. And that's not
acceptable to CUPE 1974 members."

    WHAT:    CUPE 1974 Media Conference(xx)

    WHEN:    Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 11:30 a.m.

    WHERE:   Kingston General Hospital
             Main Entrance - 76 Stuart Street

    (xx)At 12:00 Noon, immediately following the media conference, KGH
        CUPE 1974 members will hold a campaign launch rally.

    In Ontario, CUPE represents 220, 000 members including more than
56,000 health care workers. Nearly 30,000 of them are hospital workers.

For further information:

For further information: Louis Rodrigues, President, CUPE 1974, (613)
531-1319; Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774

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