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WINNIPEG Collective bargaining between unionized workers and the owners of Central Park Lodges has ground down to a standstill. According to Murray Craddock of CUPE, Were talking, but the employer is not listening.

Central Park Lodges is a large company based in Toronto, which owns personal care homes across Canada and the United States. The company owns the Valleyview, Parkview and Heritage Lodge Personal Care Homes.

This week CUPE members at the three homes voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining team a strike mandate.

The employer is delaying negotiations. When we do meet were not getting to the main issues, said Craddock. Therefore members of the union decided to take their issues to the street and the people who will be affected most if negotiations lead to a strike.

Friday, May 23, 2003
between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm at:

  • Heritage Lodge (Local 2421), 3555 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

  • Parkview Place (Local 2039), 440 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

  • Valleyview Lodge (Local 2136), 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.


For information, contact:
Murray Craddock, CUPE National Representative at 942-0343, ext. 209
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications at 942-0343, ext. 207
or on cell at (204) 223-6805