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DAUPHIN – Judy Darcy, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, will Thursday afternoon speak to more than 250 union activists from across the province meeting in Dauphin for the Union’s provincial convention.

Darcy says the single biggest threat to Canadians’ way of life and our quality public services is privatization.

“The privatizers are working overtime trying to convince people that it doesn’t really matter if the kinds of jobs CUPE members do are in the public or private sector,” says Darcy.

“Well, we say it does matter to our children if our schools are clean and safe. It does matter to patient care if food is healthy and nutritional to eat. It does matter if operating rooms are sterile and hospital laundry is properly cleaned – especially in these days of superbugs and SARS! And it does matter to our families if the water that comes out of our taps is safe to drink. CUPE jobs do matter to Canadians and Manitobans and we’re going to continue to fight and make sure they stay in the public sector.”

Darcy will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at the Parkland Recreation Complex in Dauphin.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents more than a half-million members providing front-line public services in health care, municipalities, education, social services, libraries, child care, utilities, transportation, airlines and emergency services.

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For information, contact:
Doreen Meyer, CUPE Communications
Cell: (613) 791-3008
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications
Cell: 223-6805