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The focus is on Ottawa this week as First Ministers meet to discuss the future of health care and CUPE health care workers and their allies from across the country step up the pressure on the politicians in defence of public health care.

The prime minister and premiers are meeting behind closed doors Tuesday night and Wednesday to work out a new framework for funding health care. CUPE has been pressing that any deal should not only increase the federal share of health care spending but also ensure that those dollars are earmarked for public, not-for-profit delivery.

To help build pressure in the days before the meeting, CUPE is running radio and print ads that hammer home the message not a penny for profits. CUPE will also be very present this week at a series of rallies and high-profile media events.

More than 150 CUPE health care workers from across the country will meet Thursday and Friday to review the results of the First Ministers meeting and to debate and adopt CUPEs action plan which includes a workplace canvass aimed at reaching CUPE members in every province and sector.

On Saturday and Sunday, theyll be joined by CUPE members from other sectors and by allies from a broad range of social forces at the Peoples Summit on Health Care. The Summit will help build a strong, national coalition committed to strengthening and modernizing public health care and stopping for-profit delivery.

Visit cupe.ca to send a message to First Ministers that we want action to renew and expand public health care. You can also hear CUPEs radio ads and read our print ad that ran in the Hill-Times, an Ottawa newspaper for MPs and national media.