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Health Minister David Chomiak joined CUPE members at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre on November 4 to officially kickoff Health Care Workers’ Support Week across the province.

Manitoba’s Health Minister cut the ribbon on CUPE’s history of Medicare exhibit as the province’s 10,000 members launched a week of activities designed to let the public know just how important support workers are to keeping Medicare healthy.

Support workers are often the unrecognized backbone of an effective and smoothly operating health care system,” says Marlene Tartsch, chair of the provincial Health Care Council. “These workers deserve recognition as the ‘pillars of health care’ for their commitment to patient care.”

In communities around the province, CUPE health care workers are handing out leaflets and celebrating with cakes, coffee and special events. Members in Brandon plan an obstacle course-relay race using medical equipment to raise funds for their hospital, while the mayor of Grandview has also proclaimed the week and run an ad saluting health care support workers in the community’s local newspaper.