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WINNIPEG Yesterday, the Manitoba Labour Board dismissed a petition for a contract re-vote that would affect 2,200 health care support workers at the Health Sciences Centre.

The workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

After four days of hearings, the Board said there was not enough evidence presented to show CUPE had acted unreasonably in terms of the September 20th contract ratification vote. The Boards ruling means that CUPE had conducted the vote appropriately.

According to Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba, Were just relieved that this is over and the members can now get their wage increase and back pay.

Because of the application before the Labour Board, the 26-month contract (which was ratified by the majority of CUPE members) could not be implemented. It is expected that the workers will be able to get their back pay in the next month.

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 in health care, education, municipalities, social services, childcare, utilities, libraries and emergency services.

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For information, contact:
Kathy McIlroy, Legal and Legislative Representative
Phone: 942-0343
Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative
Phone: 942-0343, ext. 298