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ST. JOHNS Therell be flag waving at the Liberal leadership convention this weekend, but not just by the delegates. Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees will be at the Mount Pearl Glacier Saturday morning to welcome delegates and deliver a message to the candidates.

Public sector bargaining has not been a high priority with the last two premiers, says CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador president Wayne Lucas, so were hoping to start a dialogue with the new premier that will help get our concerns addressed.

Lucas says CUPE members are planning an orderly demonstration with lots of flags and leaflets that they plan to hand out to delegates as they enter the arena.

The issues were concerned with are the same issues that concern the majority of the people in Newfoundland and Labrador hospital bed closures, cuts to services, and the relocation of employees against their will, says Lucas. Were hoping delegates will raise these concerns with the leadership candidates and then make their choices accordingly.

CUPE members and other concerned groups will be demonstrating in front of the Mount Pearl Glacier Saturday morning between 8:00 and 10:00 am.

We hope the leadership candidates understand that we are not trying to be confrontational, adds Lucas. Were willing to work with whomever emerges from this process, and we would like to wish all of the candidates a successful convention.

For more information please contact Wayne Lucas at 753-0732 or