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WINNIPEG - More than 300 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees from around the province meet in Brandon this week for the Unions 39th Convention that begins Thursday at the Keystone Centre.

With the majority of our union members already at the bargaining table or going into negotiations later this year, we expect its going to be a busy and productive convention, says CUPE Manitoba President Paul Moist.

CUPEs 10,000 health care members are now in negotiations. Their contract expires at the end of April.

Convention highlights will include a visit from Manitobas Premier Gary Doer and CUPEs National President Judy Darcy.

Darcy is scheduled to address delegates Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Premier Gary Doer will speak Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.

CUPE Manitobas 39th annual convention runs Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20th at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on 18th Street.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing a half-million women and men across the country. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members in health care, education, municipalities, social services, child care, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For more information, contact:>br?Paul Moist, CUPE Manitoba President,
Cell (204) 981-2873
Allen Bleich, CUPE Manitoba Coordinator
(204) 942-0343
Doreen Meyer, CUPE Communications,
Cell (204) 781-8781