Oxford County 'Grinch' hands out pink slips

    WOODSTOCK, ON, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Job cuts announced by Oxford County
just before Christmas show how insensitive management is in handling layoff
notices, affecting five workers at the Ontario Works division, says the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
    "Instead of a Christmas bonus, these workers are getting a Christmas
layoff," said Linda Thurston-Neeley, national representative for CUPE 1146.
"These workers, some of whom are single mothers, are utterly heartbroken and
terribly upset. They feel 'Grinched' by county administrators."
    County management blamed the job cuts on the robust County economy, with
less demand for services provided by the Ontario Works division. "This is an
ironic situation where our members are being laid off because they've been
able to help residents find employment in this booming economy - they feel
like they are being punished for doing their job well," said Thurston-Neeley.
    "The County claims to be saving $400,000 with the job cuts, while going
way over budget with the new headquarters being built for County
administration," said Thurston-Neeley. "I question the motivation of this lay
off - is this being done to offset cost overruns on the new building?"
    "We are meeting with the employer to help our members through this
difficult transition," said Thurston-Neeley. "We urge residents to contact
their county representatives - tell them not to steel Christmas from these
workers and rescind the layoffs."

For further information:

For further information: Linda Thurston-Neeley, CUPE National
Representative, (519) 743-7781; James Chai, CUPE Communications, (416)

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