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REGINA: The CUPE Health Care Council served the mandatory 48-hour strike notice this morning, after conciliation failed to produce a settlement on the critical issues of workload, pensions and paid personal leave.

CUPE Health Care President Steve Foley is extremely disappointed SAHO wasnt prepared to address the unions priority issues through the conciliation process.

We spent all of yesterday in conciliation, but by the end of the day we had little to show for it, says Mr. Foley. Even Conciliator Doug Forsyth felt there was no point in continuing.

Mr. Foley says its difficult to believe SAHO is going to force health care support workers to strike just to achieve a manageable workload and a decent pension. But that certainly seems to be their position at the bargaining table, he says.

The 12,000 CUPE health care workers employed in 18 health districts and one northern hospital will be in a legal strike position by Thursday at 10 :00 a.m.

President Steve Foley and the CUPE Health Care Council will hold an informal news conference in the Saskatoon CUPE Office at 4 :00 p.m. today. The office is located at 250 Cardinal Crescent, near the Saskatoon Airport.

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Steve Foley will be available to respond to media calls after 4 :00 p.m.
Please call the Saskatoon CUPE Office at 382-8262