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Winnipeg The Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada is holding public hearings in Winnipeg tomorrow and CUPE members are sending Commissioner Roy Romanow a strong and clear message.

Home care, the Manitoba governments purchase of the Pan Am Clinic, and community, publicly run health clinics in this province we know that public works, says CUPE Manitoba President Paul Moist. Manitobans want to keep health care for people not for profit and thats the message CUPE members will deliver to Commissioner Romanow.

CUPE Manitoba is scheduled to appear before the Romanow Commission public hearings at about 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. At 12:00 Noon, CUPE members who work at the Health Sciences Centre are inviting the public to sign postcards to Commissioner Romanow that support public Medicare. Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis will speak at the hour-long event at the HSC. Tomorrow evening at 7:00, CUPE National President Judy Darcy will speak at a special health care Town Hall meeting being held at Winnipegs Walker Theatre.

Marlene Tartsch, chair of CUPEs Provincial Health Care Council, says the postcards to Romanow will give people an opportunity to voice their concerns to the Commission. Manitobans dont buy for-profit health care, Tartsch says. There are ways to strengthen Medicare and keep it public.

CUPE 1550 members hold Romanow postcard signing

Guest speakers: Maude Barlow and Judy Wasylycia-Leis

12:00 Noon Wednesday, March 6th

Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Room, 2nd Floor, General Hospital Cafeteria

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men across the country including 180,000 members who work in health care. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members employed in health care, education, municipalities, social services, childcare, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For more information, please contact:

Paul Moist, CUPE Manitoba President, Cell: (204) 981-2873

Marlene Tartsch, Chair CUPE Provincial Health Care Council, Cell: (204) 794-6817