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Fredericton – 250 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees from across New Brunswick will be gathering in Fredericton this week for the 40th annual convention, April 3rd through April 5th.

Highlights of this year’s convention include a keynote address by Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba on privatization in health services, an address by CUPE National President, Judy Darcy, Friday April 4, 2003 and the election of a new President for CUPE New Brunswick, Saturday April 5th.

Key issues to be debated this year include the war in Iraq, threats to free collective bargaining rights and the use of public-private partnerships to build new infrastructure in New Brunswick. In addition, CUPE New Brunswick will be presenting a new policy for debate and approval on improving provincial coordinated bargaining in New Brunswick.

Recently, CUPE National President announced her intention to step down and will be addressing New Brunswick delegates for the last time.

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For more information:

David Rouse, President, CUPE New Brunswick, (506) 432-0618 (cell)

Richard McGrath, CUPE Communications, (613) 296-8438 (cell)