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20,000 public sector workers are on strike across Canada’s most easterly province. Among the workers on strike today in Newfoundland and Labrador are 3,500 CUPE members from 16 locals.

Striking CUPE members work in hospitals, school boards, nursing homes, libraries, public housing and at Government House. Premier Danny Williams is asking for a two-year wage freeze and major concessions. In his first budget, released one day before the strike deadline, Williams announced 4,000 job losses in the public sector.

More than 16,000 of the striking workers are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).