Strike tonight at Hearst Power Distribution Company Ltd - talks break off

    HEARST, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) working at Hearst Power Distribution Company Ltd will
go on strike this evening at one minute after midnight, following a breakdown
in mediation talks today.
    "Management started going back on items we had already agreed on, failing
to negotiate in good faith," said Denis Régimbald, CUPE national
representative. Hearst power workers are among the lowest paid in Ontario.
Outstanding issues include wages, benefits and working conditions.
    "Our members work hard to ensure Hearst residents have reliable power,
without disruptions, and a strike was the last thing we wanted," said
Régimbald. "Unfortunately, Hearst Power management has left us no other
choice." The workers' last contract expired March 31, 2007. CUPE is asking
residents to contact local municipal councillors to insist they get involved
and bring an end to the strike.

For further information:

For further information: Denis Régimbald, CUPE National Representative,
(705) 264-1269, (705) 266-5634 (cell); Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications,
(416) 292-3999

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