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Calgary - The 49 custodial employees who work for the Foothills School Division have voted to join CUPE, Canadas largest union with nearly have a million members. CUPE represents over 6,000 education employees across Alberta and well over 100,000 across the country.

Joining CUPE was an easy decision for these new members because in todays information age, employers are increasingly sophisticated in dealing with wage and working condition proposals from staff. Joining a union is the only way to level the playing field in order for employees like those in Foothills to bargain fair wages and gain respect at the work place.

We are proud to be CUPE members, said Roxy, one of CUPEs newest members and an employee of the School Division. CUPE Local 40 President, Fred Latreille, restated CUPEs well-known commitment to actively taking the benefits of unionization to non unionized Albertans: We will represent any person who wishes to join CUPE. Every employee deserves to have what unions can offer, better pay, better benefits and respect for the work they do every day on behalf of their communities.

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For information, please call Fred Latreille at 235-0530 or Bruce McLeod at 235-6955.