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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Spring 2004 will go down in our union’s history as a time of great challenge related to the elimination of our bargaining rights in two high profile disputes in Newfoundland/Labrador and British Columbia. In addition, at Air Canada our members have faced a year-long struggle in bankruptcy protection.

At the end of April, we had locals representing 42,000 members on strike – a new record for CUPE.

As always there are numerous activities going on right across the country – provincial division conventions, conferences, bargaining and other activities. There are many accomplishments on a daily basis, which is a tribute to the hard work of CUPE activists and staff. The purpose of this report is to both review current issues and share our union’s response to them.