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WINNIPEG Over 200 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Manitoba will meet in Winnipeg for the next three days at their Annual Convention.

Delegates will elect new officers and approve resolutions dealing with a number of current issues.

High on the agenda will be discussions on how to stop contracting-out of work being done by CUPE members. Were very concerned about the contracting-out of our work and the creeping privatization of public services in Manitoba, says Kevin Rebeck, Acting President of CUPE Manitoba.

The government has said it is against privatization, but we see too many of our jobs threatened by employers trying to downsize. And its the public who ends up paying more for less, he said.

Speakers for the Convention, to be held at the Convention Centre (First Floor, Rooms 3 & 4), include:

  • Winnipeg Mayor, Glen Murray - Thursday, April 1st at 10 am
  • National Secretary-Treasurer, Claude Gnreux - Thursday, April 1st at 1:30 pm
  • National President, Paul Moist - Friday, April 2nd at 11 am
  • Writer and Activist, Murray Dobbin - Saturday, April 3rd at 10 am

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.

For information, contact:
Marlene Tartsch, Coordinator CUPE Manitoba
942-0343, ext. 285 / cell: (204) 794-6817

Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications
942-0343, ext. 207 / cell: (204) 223-6805