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(St. John’s) – CUPE leaders from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador will gather in Port Blandford at the Terra Nova Resort for a week-long session on media relations.

The session is being put on by the national union for the two provincial divisions of CUPE. It begins Sunday, June 5 and runs through to Friday, June 10.

CUPE NL. president Wayne Lucas says, “This is the first time that the two provinces have collaborated on a project like this. It’s being put on by CUPE’s Union Development Branch along with a session on labour law.”

As public employees we’re in a daily battle for the hearts and minds of the public, trying to protect public services and decent paying jobs for our communities. We also know that media relations is a key part of that struggle,” says Lucas.

We’re particularly pleased that our National Communications Director Ron Verzuh has agreed to come and lend us some of his expertise, along with our Atlantic Communications Rep., John McCracken. The session on labour law is being taught by CUPE Research Rep. Jim Stanley,” adds Lucas.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, representing 540,000 workers across the country – including about 6,000 in NL.

For information:
Wayne Lucas, CUPE NL. president, (709) 727-2509 or (709) 489-2251;
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o) or (902) 222-8457 (Cell).