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CUPE National President, Paul Moist walked the picket line and spoke to members of CUPE Local 2483 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on Friday.

He brought greetings from the National Union and encouraged the 24 members who went on strike a week ago. Paul is well known to the members as he was the former President of CUPE Local 500 in Winnipeg and of CUPE Manitoba. He also has a personal connection with the members as he was their National Representative in the 1980’s.

Bargaining between the members of the Local 2483, (professional and support staff, Child and Family Services - Central Manitoba) and the employer has gone over a year with no resolution in sight, according to Lee McLeod, President of the Local.

There are major issues to deal with and the employer hasn’t made a genuine effort to negotiate. That’s why we’re on strike,” said McLeod.

Having Paul join us today has been great – he knows our issues and he represents what we all believe in and stand for.”

The main issues left unresolved when negotiations last took place involved wage increases and a change to another pension plan.

The workers provide a range of supports that assist families in crisis. If they are on strike, arrangements will be made to provide alternative supports temporarily.