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WINNIPEG – Over 100 delegates are expected in Russell this weekend for the Annual CUPE School Division Sector Conference.

Attending this important meeting will be members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees who provide support services (clerical, maintenance, transportation, classroom assistance, custodial) to Manitoba’s schools.

“This year’s conference is particularly important as we are in the middle of the amalgamation process and all the changes that are facing our members,” says Terry Egan, Chair of the School Division Sector Committee and the Conference.

Delegates will therefore be discussing how best they can merge CUPE Locals and provide members the support needed to work within the new school division structure.

Other issues the delegates will be considering include workplace health and safety concerns such as the increase in school violence. As a number of contracts expire this year, delegates will also be planning the next round of collective bargaining.

Speakers who will be attending the conference include Ron Lemieux, Minister of Education and Youth, and Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba.

School Division Sector Conference
Russell Inn, November 7-10, 2002

CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, is Canada’s largest union, with more than a half-million women and men working in all areas of the public sector. CUPE Manitoba has 24,000 members, including 3,800 of the province’s school division support workers. A basic principle of CUPE is to assure Local autonomy and responsiveness so that every member has a voice in issues that affect them.

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For information, contact:
Terry Egan, School Division Sector Committee Chair
Phone: (204) 997-2371
Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 298