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WINNIPEG – In a major keynote address today, the Premier of Manitoba Gary Doer repeatedly thanked the members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for their critical support.

Over 200 CUPE members and staff of CUPE Manitoba are in Dauphin this week for their annual convention.

“We appreciate what all CUPE front line workers are doing. We thank you for your partnership, your advice and ideas. We thank you for your energy and effort, for being brutally blunt and honest,” said the Premier.

He spoke about a number of efforts the Government has taken to protect and promote crown corporations that he said were capable of serving all the people of Manitoba. He repeated his commitment to non-profit health care and publicly owned hydro electric power services.

“We’re committed to crown corporations for all Manitobans, for social services that are an investment, not a cost to Manitobans, for health care that should be accessible for every citizen” he said. For these reasons, he called on continued support of the union and its members in the next election.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries, and family emergency services.

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For information, contact:
Allen Bleich, Coordinator CUPE Manitoba
(204) 942-0343 ext. 285, cell (204) 781-8781
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications
(204) 942-0343 ext. 207, cell (204) 223 6805

Note : digital photos of the Premier at the Convention are available.