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CUPE’s national executive board has pledged to add 50,000 CUPE member signatures to the campaign to defend the federal-provincial agreements on child care. The NEB also conferred with NDP leader Jack Layton about the party’s strategy on the issue.


The Code Blue campaign has collected more than 26,000 signatures since Feb. 24 from people urging the Conservative federal government to maintain child care funding agreement negotiated between the previous federal government and the provinces.

The NEB resolution says CUPE will:

  • contribute $100,000 to the Code Blue campaign.
  • work with Code Blue campaign organizers to bring child care advocates to CUPE meetings and CUPE members to child care campaign activities.
  • be part of the CLC’s spring lobby of MPs

The NEB also heard from Federal NDP leader Jack Layton on the party’s child care strategy for the upcoming session of parliament that begins April 3.

Layton said he plans to meet with other opposition party leaders to find the best way to secure multi-year funding for more child care spaces in the 2006 federal budget.