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CUPE 488 has won a major representation vote for health services workers on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The vote was between CUPE and NAPE, the provincial government union there. More than 1,600 employees in health services cast their ballots last month.

Says CUPE NL. President Wayne Lucas, “We never wanted this vote in the first place.  It was forced upon us by the employer, but we are very happy to say that the majority of CUPE and NAPE members have chosen CUPE as the union to represent them on the west coast.”

Says Lucas, “This puts CUPE in terrific shape now going into two more votes, the next one expected in the Northern Health Board (Labrador-Grenfell), followed by one in Central.

Lucas says, “We particularly want to extend a very warm welcome to the 700 former NAPE members who will now be in CUPE and look forward to working with them to build an even stronger local union for employees of Western Health.”