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(St. John’s) – CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas says the ballots have now been counted and his union has won the representation vote for health services workers at Western Health.

The CUPE/NAPE vote represented the largest group of workers in the health authority – more than 1,600 employees in health services.

Says Lucas, “We never wanted this vote in the first place.  It was forced upon us by the employer, but we are very happy to say that the majority of CUPE and NAPE members have chosen CUPE as the union to represent them on the west coast.”

Says Lucas, “This puts CUPE in terrific shape now going into two more votes, the next one expected in the Northern Health Board (Labrador-Grenfell), followed by one in Central.

As Canada’s largest health care union, CUPE strongly believes we are the best union to represent health care workers across Newfoundland and Labrador.  With 570,000 members, we’ve got the size, the resources and the expertise to provide workers in this sector with the strength and stability they need,” he says.

Lucas says, “We particularly want to extend a very warm welcome to the 700 former NAPE members who will now be in CUPE and look forward to working with them to build an even stronger local union for employees of Western Health.”

For information: 

Wayne Lucas                            John McCracken
President, CUPE NL                CUPE Communications Rep.