DAUPHIN, MB – Public sector support workers meeting in Dauphin this week at CUPE Manitoba’s Annual Convention will blast the federal government on its approach to child care.
According to Kevin Rebeck, President of CUPE Manitoba, “The province has done a lot to provide Manitobans with child care support, but the new government in Ottawa is just intent on breaking down public child care.”
CUPE President Paul Moist adds, “Cancellation of the federal funding could mean that further expansion and improvements beyond the next two years is at risk as the province will lose out on $126 million in federal funding.
“It would be much better if the federal government used our taxes to increase the National Child Benefit so that low and middle-income parents would get the full value of the benefit. They could also expand parental benefits to include self-employed parents and students.
“There are already 15,000 names on the waiting lists for child care in Winnipeg alone. And the Tory’s plan to give $1,200 to certain families is not going to help at all. In fact, such a plan only makes the child care situation worse.”
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. CUPE represents more than 130 early childhood educators in Manitoba who make immense contributions every day to provide a nurturing and learning environment for children across the province.
CUPE Manitoba Convention
Thursday, April 27th to Saturday, April 29th
Credit Union Place in Dauphin
For more information, contact:
Glenoria Molnar, CUPE Manitoba – (204) 942-0343, ext. 286
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications – (204) 942-0343 - Cell. (204) 223-6805