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CUPE NL will meet tomorrow at the Comfort Inn to discuss the latest verbal attacks on the collective bargaining process from the premier and her finance minister.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, “We can’t help but think that we’re being provoked to do something we don’t necessarily want to do.

CUPE members are insulted when the premier asks in today’s Telegram, “What is it that you want us to cut?” Lucas says the posturing that has been coming from the government since just before Christmas is less than helpful.

Lucas says, “Dunderdale has to take full responsibility for all the confusion being generated. How can the population and our members be anything but cynical about government’s ‘surprise’ deficit and suddenly-ballooning debts?”

CUPE members are saying that this is only a transparent attempt to try to get CUPE members and their families to tighten their belts now that we are a year into bargaining for a new contract.

Lucas expects tomorrow’s meeting to be quite boisterous and a plan of action to be finalized to fight the government rhetoric.