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July 4, 2002
10:00 a.m.
Union Centre, 275 Broadway
First Floor Room 103

WINNIPEG Members of CUPE locals representing health care support workers across Manitoba are voting today to consider whether or not to go on strike for a new contract.

Contract negotiations between the Manitoba Government and 10,000 health care support workers, broke down June 14th over the critical issue of wage increases.

CUPE representatives will announce the results of the vote at the News Conference. They will then outline what will be done next in the bargaining process.

CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, represents health care support workers in more than 80 facilities across Manitoba, including the Regional Health Authorities covering Central Manitoba, Interlake, Parkland, Southwestman, Marquette and Brandon. In Winnipeg, facilities include the Health Sciences Centre, Grace, Seven Oaks and Concordia Hospitals, Cancer Care Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre, Community Health Clinics and Personal Care Homes.


For information, contact:
Marlene Tartsch
942-0343, ext. 287 / cell. (204) 794-6817
Lorraine Sigurdson, CUPE Health Care Coordinator
942-0343, ext. 214 / cell. (204) 981-6499
Nancy Garrioch, CUPE Representative (in Brandon)
(204) 725-8888 / cell. (204) 729-5790