Union studies members' reproductive health

    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) will fund an historic research project into
the reproductive health of working men and women.
    The initial goals of the project are to gather facts on reproductive
outcomes in CEP members (stillbirth/miscarriage, sterility, birth defects,
premature births) and their exposure to toxic substances (including endocrine
disruptors), stressors (including shiftwork), physical and biological agents.
Unusual results from the initial survey will require follow-up.
    "If it's toxic or dangerous work, our members do it," said CEP President
Dave Coles when speaking about the project to CEP's National Executive Board,
meeting in Ottawa this week. "There are plenty of indications that there may
be problems out there, but no one has really asked hard questions."
    Dr. Gideon Koren, a prominent expert on reproductive hazards, will lead
the research team. Dr. Koren is the founder and director of "Motherisk", a
world-reknowned research, counseling and education program on reproductive
hazards at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and affiliated with the
University of Toronto.

    CEP is a Canadian union of 150,000 members employed mainly in the pulp,
paper, oil, chemical, energy, telecommunications, and media industries, among

For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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