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After a messy food fight that lasted several months, the Regina QuAppelle Health Region has established a joint union-management committee to study ways of improving food services at local hospitals. Earlier this year, the health regions board announced plans to privatize kitchen services, eliminate several dozen dietary positions and replace fresh food with re-heated food from outside the province.

CUPE activists immediately launched a fightback campaign with several allies, including the Council of Canadians, the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and other labour organizations. They placed ads in local newspapers, staged a rally and organized meetings with top health officials and politicians, including Premier Lorne Calvert. When CUPE informed the health regions board that managers were planning to increase frozen food in hospitals from 25 per cent to 100 per cent, the board relented and agreed to the unions request of a food services working group.