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CALGARY Workers at Canadian Blood Services in Calgary and Lethbridge are returning to work tomorrow, after settling a two-week strike.

The members of CUPE 1846, mostly clinical assistants who collect and distribute blood, agreed to a modest pay raise retroactive to April 2002. They also won a classification upgrade.

Local president Kim Storebo says the fight for better working conditions is not over. Storebo says she and her members will stay in contact with other Canadian Blood Services workers across Canada, to win better collective agreements for everyone.

We mean business, she says. We can hold our heads high and keep our dignity, which is more than we can say about the way our employers conducted themselves.

The 80 workers began their strike on July 17.