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What:  CUPE will hold a news conference on Thursday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m.  to respond to the health regions’ revised “essential services” list and discuss the impact this process is having on bargaining.

Health care workers, meeting in Regina for the CUPE Saskatchewan    Convention, will voice their concerns with the essential services     legislation at 11 a.m. during a forum on the convention floor.

Where: The news conference will take place in the Delta Regina’s Tuscany A   Room. The forum will take place on the convention floor at the hotel.

Who: Speakers at the news conference include health care bargaining committee members Mike Keith, Gordon Campbell and Sinda Cathcart; and CUPE National President Paul Moist.

On February 25, SAHO released its revised “essential services” plans for CUPE health workers in five health regions to the media. It’s the second time the health regions have attempted to identify “essential” services that CUPE members must provide during a work stoppage. There are 12,600 CUPE health care workers employed in five health regions.

The CUPE Health Care Council, which has spent the last two weeks reviewing the plans, says the employers’ second attempt at identifying essential services “is an utter failure.” CUPE has written SAHO stating the plans are incomplete and inaccurate.

Participants at tomorrow’s news conference will provide a detailed overview of some of the problems with the employers’ essential services plans and identify areas where they are not in compliance with the government’s legislation.

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For more information contact:  Beth Smillie at 229-4908.