SAINT-JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - May 25, 2015) - As the New Brunswick government moves forward with plans to privatize health care services, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1199 members at St-Joseph's Hospital are taking action.

"We are holding a candlelight vigil to mourn the death of Public Health Care in our hospitals, says CUPE 1199 President Lisa Allen. "The decision to privatize environment, dietary and porter services in our hospitals may seem like it will result in cost savings on the surface, but we all know that privatization means higher costs with reduced service."

CUPE 1199, who represents over 290 members at St. Joseph's hospital, is inviting supporters to join them in telling Health Minister Boudreau to keep health care public.

WHO: CUPE 1199 members at St. Joseph's Hospital
WHAT: Candlelight vigil to mourn the death of Public Health Care
WHEN: Tonight, May 25 @ 8:45 p.m.
WHERE: King Square, Uptown Saint-John
(40 King St, Saint John, NB E2L 1G3)

"A not-for-profit public health care system is the best way to provide health services to New Brunswickers, added Allen. Let's speak out to get the health care system we need - one that is accessible, accountable and public!"

CUPE represents the largest number of employees in the health care system - 190,000 - including auxiliary nurses, support staff and paramedics.

Contact Information:

Lisa Allen
CUPE 1199 President
506-609-1104