Municipal strike ends - CUPE 855 vows to continue fight to protect public services

    LINDSAY, ON, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE 855 members voted earlier today
to accept a revised offer from the City of Kawartha Lakes, ending the 46-day
old strike. Over 430 municipal workers went on strike on February 4 over
issues of contracting out, age discrimination and management's lack of respect
for workers and public services.
    "We want to thank everyone for their support during this strike," said
Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 president. "Our members are eager to return to work and
serve our community. We remain committed to do what it takes to fight
contracting out of public services in our community."
    "This strike demonstrates the strength and collective will of our members
in fighting for what we believe in - respect for workers and public services,"
said Edwards. "Over the past two months, we have exposed management's
contracting out agenda and their callousness towards their own workers." The
new four-year contract will expire December 31, 2011.
    "Our fight is not finished," said Edwards. "The province's legislation to
allow workers to continue working past the age of 65 was fundamentally flawed,
turning mandatory retirement into mandatory discrimination. CUPE will explore
the possibility of legal challenges and other means to make sure workers who
continue working after they turn 65, receive the same benefits and working
conditions as all of their colleagues."
    "We will build from this fight and work with concerned residents to
ensure that the City of Kawartha Lakes' future remains in the hands of our
community," said Edwards. "We need to work with community members to ensure we
have real leadership and accountability on municipal council - democracy will

For further information:

For further information: Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 President, (705)
878-2152; Alison Davidson, CUPE National Rep., (705) 760-5113; James Chai,
CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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