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Health care support workers in the Central Region of Manitoba voted overwhelmingly December to join for CUPE. The vote was 507 for CUPE and 220 for the Manitoba Government Employees Union.

CUPE welcomes members from the MGEU, the UFCW and workers who will be joining a union for the first time.

It’s the seventh straight win for CUPE in the Manitoba health care votes and means all 1,100 support workers in Central now belong to CUPE. And due to our success in previous votes, we’ve added almost 1,400 new members as a result of the votes and are by far the dominant union in the sector.

“It’s been a long, exhausting process and our members have worked many hours to ensure we remain support workers’ union of choice,” said Lorraine Sigurdson, the health care coordinator in Manitoba. “We’re proud to have earned the support of workers throughout the province and will work hard to welcome all our new members.”

There’ll be no rest for health care workers, though, as negotiations are underway on a new province-wide contract.