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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

I hope this report finds each of you in good health and spirits as we face the wide array of challenges so evident throughout our union.

Since my December 2003 report things have been very busy on a number of fronts. While we have only a handful of strikes and lockouts, some of these have gone on for a long period of time.

On the bargaining front, 2004 will be a busy year and as you will note further in this report a number of provincial governments seem bent upon forcing confrontations.

As always, there is a wide variety of work with many accomplishments by our members, coast to coast. My hope is that this report provides you with a glimpse of the key issues we face and the tremendous activism CUPE members display day in and day out.