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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador has shifted its division convention from St. John’s to Corner Brook in solidarity with striking PSAC airport workers. Picket lines have been up for two months in St. John’s and spread to Gander last week.

The conference is slated for early May and the division was clear they didn’t want delegates crossing picket lines.

The change gives CUPE delegates front row seats for what is shaping up to be one of the biggest battles the Grimes government has faced.

Since announcing plans to use a public private partnership (P3) to meet Corner Brook’s need for a new long-term care facility, the Grimes government has been taking flak from all sides. Even the provincial Tory leader has said it’s a bad idea, citing higher costs and poorer quality.