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Winnipeg - Today 5,500 CUPE members will vote on a tentative contract settlement reached earlier this week.

The Health Care Support Workers will vote on an offer that includes monetary benefit increases of 7.6% over the period of 26 months (from May 1, 2002 to June 30, 2004).
  • Wages:
    May 1, 2002 - 3%
    May 1, 2003 - 3.6%
  • Long-Term Disability:
    Apr. 1, 2004 - 1%
    (The LTD is now paid by the employee – after this date it will be paid by the Employer.)
Other benefits in the new Agreement include increases in Shift Premiums – all effective May 1, 2002, (Weekend $1.35 / Evening $1.00 / Night $1.75) which members see as financially important and a way of respecting that their work is much like the nurses who get the same shift premium rates.

The duration of the new contract will be 26 months – May 1, 2002 to June 30, 2004. This is important, as it will put the next round of bargaining before negotiations for nurses and other health care workers with the government – considered a bargaining advantage.

Voting started this morning at the 14 facilities involved in this round of bargaining:
  • Betel Home
  • Bethania Personal Care Home
  • CancerCare Manitoba
  • Concordia Hospital
  • Golden West Centennial Lodge
  • Grace Hospital
  • Health Sciences Centre
  • Luther Home
  • Middlechurch Home
  • Pembina Place Mennonite PCH
  • Regional Distribution Facility
  • Rehab Centre for Children
  • Riverview Health Centre
  • Seven Oaks Hospital

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CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, represents health care support workers in 80 facilities across Manitoba.

For information, contact:
Lorraine Sigurdson, CUPE Health Care Coordinator
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 214
Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 298