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WINNIPEG - Members of CUPE locals representing health care support workers across Manitoba are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday (July 16, 17) to prepare for going on strike for a new contract.

Contract negotiations between the Manitoba Government and 10,000 health care support workers, broke down in June over the critical issue of wage increases. A mediator has been appointed and he will be meeting with both sides soon.

However, union members will be gearing up to go on strike if the mediator is unable to help reach a settlement that respects the union demand for a decent wage increase.

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, CancerCare Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre, Community Health Clinics and Personal Care Homes.

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are being held at:
Union Centre, 275 Broadway, Winnipeg (July 16th)
Keystone Centre (Pioneer Room), Brandon (July 17th)

For information, contact:

Marlene Tartsch, 942-0343, ext. 287 / cell. (204) 794-6817,
Chair of the CUPE Provincial Health Care Council
Lorraine Sigurdson, 942-0343, ext. 214 / cell. (204) 981-6499
CUPE Health Care Coordinator
Nancy Garrioch, (204) 725-8882 / cell. (204) 729-5790
CUPE Representative (Brandon)