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McCreary, MB. - Support workers on strike in the Turtle River School Division are still confident they will reach a fair agreement after being on the picket line for a month.

The union members will be joined on Monday by CUPE National President Paul Moist (December 5th, 2 - 4 p.m.).

We are really pleased that Paul can make time to join us,” said CUPE Local 1897 President Diane Cabak. “He said it’s important for all members to know and support us because of our stand on wage parity - it’s a principle the whole union believes in.”

According to Cabak, morale is high among the members though there has been no progress in communication with the Trustees. The Conciliation Officer is currently working with both parties, but there has not been any significant change in positions.

The striking workers are on a picket line at the School Division Administrative Offices, Burrows Road in McCreary.


The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services. About 4,000 of these members work in 25 of Manitoba’s school divisions.

For information, contact:

Doug McLaughlin, CUPE National Rep. - (204) 725-8888

Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications Rep. - (204) 223-6805

On the internet, information is available at www.cupe.mb.ca or www.cupe.ca

Union Strike Headquarters is at 606 Burrows Road in McCreary. Phone/fax (204) 835-2718.