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WINNIPEG – Delegates to the Annual Convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Manitoba will address a number of issues facing the Manitoba Government.

Over 250 CUPE members and staff will be in Dauphin tomorrow for the start of the Annual Convention.

“Everything the Government does or says is important to our members, especially in an election year, so we need to be very clear on what we expect of the Government,” said Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba.

“Our members in Sunrise School Division are on strike and the Division is refusing to fully implement wage standardization brought on by amalgamation. That’s a clear example of how we are affected by Government policies and programs.”

The Premier of Manitoba, Gary Doer, will speak to the delegates and discuss major issues on Friday.

Union delegates will consider resolutions on changes to their pension plans, school division amalgamations, commitments to maintaining Medicare, and increased support for Manitoba’s social services.

This year, the delegates will also celebrate the Union’s 40th Anniversary.

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 working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.

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For information, contact:
Allen Bleich, Coordinator CUPE Manitoba
Phone: (204) 942-0343, ext. 285 / Cell. (204) 781-8781
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications Rep.
Phone: (204) 942-0343, ext. 207 / Cell. (204) 223-6805