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Support staff at the Brandon Clinic Medical Corporation have firmly rejected the employer’s last offer in ongoing negotiations for a new collective agreement. Members of CUPE Local 2096 voted 98% in favour of rejecting the offer and to withdraw their labour.

“We’ve been reasonable, we done everything we can, and the employer has shown no willingness to negotiate a fair agreement,” said Brenda Cairns, President of the Local Union.

Staff at the clinic provide clerical and other supports. The 57 members of the union are the personnel who greet the public and assist in setting appointments, escorting clients to meet the doctors and cleaning the facilities.

“Bargaining opened in the fall and, from the start, the employer has not indicated any willingness to even raise wages half way towards what others in the province are earning,” says Cairns. The support staff are paid about 40% less than support staff providing similar services at the regional health association facilities across Manitoba.