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WINNIPEG To help Manitoba grow economically, the Government needs to increase investment in provincial social services. According to CUPE Manitoba President, Paul Moist, who presented a Brief today to the Minister of Finance, adequate funding for social services should be a center piece of a provincial economic strategy.

Were very aware of the provinces financial situation and the fact that the Government is not operating with a large fiscal surplus, he said. At the same time, we know Manitobas economy is healthy and there is revenue potential for the future.

Its up to the Government to use these resources and stimulate all sectors of the economy to do their part for Manitoba. To adequately fund Manitobas public services is a wise component of Manitobas investment strategy. With appropriate levels of government funding, he said union members could contribute their part in the growth and development of Manitobas quality of life.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in public and private health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.


For more information, contact:
Paul Moist, President CUPE Manitoba,
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications,