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Health care workers in Manitoba overwhelmingly voted for CUPE in an affiliation vote held July 6-8 in the Interlake region north of Winnipeg.

CUPE received 196 votes, compared to 39 for the Manitoba Government Employees Union and just 29 for the Teamsters. With the 74.2 per cent vote of support, CUPE welcomes about 120 new members from two unions and an employees association.

Lorraine Sigurdson, CUPEs provincial health care coordinator paid tribute to the dedicated team of member organizers who worked so hard for the win. “They really went all out and made sure health care workers knew who negotiated good contracts and gave excellent service to members,” said Sigurdson. “They are a great team.”

The Interlake vote is part of a series of representation votes throughout rural Manitoba, sparked by the Filmon Governments regionalization of health care. The next vote takes place later this month in the Parklands region in western Manitoba. CUPE represents about 7,000 health care workers in Manitoba.