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WINNIPEG CUPE Manitoba is a beacon of hope for many CUPE members across Canada. Your hard work has paid off in so many ways, according to CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer, Claude Généreux.

Généreux addressed over 250 delegates today at the CUPE Manitoba Annual Convention being held in Winnipeg until Saturday.

He noted that public service workers in British Columbia, Alberta, Québec and Newfoundland were facing major conflicts as their government employers set out to cut public services. In these provinces, unlike in Manitoba, when public service workers fight to protect quality services, they are in opposition to their governments.

This week you are going to help the Union further by developing action plans to carry out the Strategic Directions Plan, very concretely, here in Manitoba, Généreux said.

The Strategic Directions Plan was approved at the CUPE National Convention last year and sets out a process for building and strengthening union capacity.

One of the key aspects of this plan is the fight to stop privatization and contracting-out of public service jobs. CUPE and community based organizations across the country are confronting city councils that plan to reduce services and cut corners on the quality of services.

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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