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DAUPHIN, Man CUPE members who work in the Dauphin Hospital and other surrounding area health care facilities will be celebrating Health Care Support Workers Week with coffee and cake on Wednesday afternoon, November 7th.

Our members are happy to be finally recognized for the work we do to keep Manitobans healthy, says Laura Hupalo, President of CUPE 4606. Support workers are often the unrecognized backbone of an effective and smoothly operating health care system and its nice to have a week that says were a valued part of the health care team.

Hupalo and CUPE 4606 members at the Dauphin Hospital as well as Roblin, Grandview and Gilbert Plains facilities will be celebrating with coffee and cake on Wednesday afternoon from 2 until 4 p.m.

CUPEs colourful ten-panel exhibit on the history of Medicare will be on display at the Dauphin Hospital for the event. About 150 CUPE members work at the Hospital and their employer is picking up the cost for the coffee/cake celebration in honour of the week which runs from November 4th to 10th.

Across the province, 10,000 CUPE members who work in health care are staging events in their communities during the special week proclaimed by Health Minister David Chomiak. On Monday, Manitobas Health Minister kicked off the week by cutting the ribbon on CUPEs Medicare exhibit at Winnipegs Health Sciences Centre facility. The exhibit will be at Brandons Town Centre on Friday.

CUPE is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men across the country. In Manitoba, the Canadian Union of Public Employees represents 24,000 members with 10,000 working in health care across the province.

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For more information, contact:
Laura Hupalo, CUPE 4606 President
Work: (204) 638-3010 Home: (204) 638-5760