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CUPE is stepping up its fight against centralizing non-medical services in Winnipeg’s nine hospitals, five of which are represented by CUPE.

Yesterday, CUPE launched a major ad campaign to highlight the economic impact of preparing hospital food outside Manitoba and the folly of serving patients days-old, reheated food.

The day before, health care coordinator Lorraine Sigurdson and CUPE Manitoba president Paul Moist held a press conference to reveal that 537 jobs would be lost as a result of centralization of services.

CUPE’s fightback has won one significant victory in getting the decision to have private ownership over the new corporation reversed.