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Park West School Division - Support workers in the Park West School Division voted yesterday to have the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represent them.

I think everyone looked at the options and decided to go for the union that had the broadest experience and could give members the best support, said Bonnie Butterfield, President of CUPE Local 3037.

Now we need to get to work and welcome the new members. One of the first things we have to do is merge our two collective agreements so that all members get the benefits they deserve, she said yesterday.

Park West School Division was formed last year by the amalgamation of Birdtail and Pelly Trail School Divisions in West Central Manitoba. CUPE represented about 100 support workers in the Birdtail School Division. The Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU) represented about 40 workers in the Pelly Trail School Division.

The Manitoba Labour Board ordered a representation vote to take place in various locations from November 3rd to 5th, to determine which union would represent the workers.


The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas 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, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services. The Union represents about 4,000 teaching assistants, clerical staff, bus drivers and librarians in 25 Manitoba School Divisions.

For more information, please contact:
Bonnie Butterfield, Local 3037 President (Kenton)
204 838 2443
Glenda Smith, CUPE National Representative (Brandon)
204 725 8881
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications (Winnipeg)
204 942 0343 or cell 223 6805.