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This article appears in the second edition of Integrating Equity, Addressing Barriers: Innovative Learning Practices by Unions, prepared by the Labour Education Centre, published by the Canadian Council on Learning’s Work and Learning Knowledge Centre, 2009 (forthcoming).

Name of program: Representative Workforce Strategy

Union: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Contact Person: Don Moran, Senior Officer for First Peoples Issues, dmoran@cupe.ca, (613) 237-1590 ext. 347

Initial Purpose: To increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal workers in all classifications and at all levels of the Saskatchewan health care sector in proportion to their working age population.

Barriers Addressed: Employment, education, income and other systemic disparities experienced by Aboriginal workers.

Background Information

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is the largest union in Saskatchewan, representing over 27,000 members who work at health care facilities, school boards, universities, municipalities, libraries, community-based organizations and various boards and agencies.

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