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Winnipeg The Canadian Union of Public Employees says Manitoba should reclaim its leadership role on child care and take bolder steps like BC and Quebec who have committed to providing universal, low-cost child care for all who need it.

While we salute the Doer government for increased funding in its last two budgets, child care in this province still has a long way to go to make up for years of neglect by Filmons Tories, Darcy said. In the 80s, this province took the lead on child care. Now that Quebec and BC support the principle of universal, low-cost child care, the way is being paved for Manitoba to go farther.

In a child care brief today sent to the Doer provincial government, CUPE said the current administrative framework for child care frustrates rather than facilitates the governments policy initiatives.

CUPE National President Judy Darcy will release the unions brief on child care in a news conference held at Knox Day Nursery tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. She will be joined by early childhood educator Lori Schroen. Schroen is President of CUPE Local 1543, which represents Knox workers as well as those at other locations. She is a member of CUPEs National working group on child care. CUPE represents 15,000 child care workers across the country.

WHAT:
CUPE CHILD CARE - NEWS CONFERENCE
National President Judy Darcy & Lori Schroen, President Local 1543

WHEN:
FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH - 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
KNOX DAY NURSERY, MAIN FLOOR, 406 EDMONTON

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than 495,000 women and men across the country. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members in health care, education, municipalities, social services, child cares, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For more information, contact:
Doreen Meyer, CUPE Communications
Cell: 781-8781
Maureen Morrison, CUPE staff rep.
Cell: 794-6456