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WINNIPEG Workers in the Booth Street crisis programmes of the Salvation Army have called off their strike action planned for Friday.

Workers at the Haven, Anchorage and Mobile Crisis Unit services, all represented by CUPE, are in a similar strike position and have decided today to post pone strike action.

According to Mark Kernaghan, CUPE Representative for the workers, “The union and the employer are jointly requesting mediation. That means we will apply to the Minister of Labour to appoint a mediator and move negotiations to another level for now.”

“This only post pones the strike… the members want to achieve an equitable agreement, and we are hopeful that this process will allow us the means to do that,” Kernaghan added.

The workers are very concerned about the effect of a strike on the clients in their care and therefore continued to try any and all options before a strike. They are still cautious about whether today’s agreement will resolve their outstanding issues, but they are willing to try, said Kernaghan.

The parties involved have requested that the mediator be Wally Fox-Decent.

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 in health care, education, municipalities, social services, childcare, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For information, contact:

Mark Kernaghan, National Representative,
Phone: (204) 942-0343, ext. 216
Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative, Phone: 942-0343, ext. 298