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WINNIPEG – Over 250 union activists will be in Dauphin next week for the Annual Convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Manitoba. This year, the delegates will celebrate the Union’s 40th Anniversary.

National President, Judy Darcy, and National Secretary-Treasurer, Claude Gnreux, will also speak at the convention. The Premier of Manitoba will address the delegates. There will also be guests from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Ontario.

“We’re looking forward to intense discussion, making decisions on a number of important issues and lots of celebration,” says Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba.

“Conventions play an important role in union democracy. This year we’ll be dealing with issues that affect our members but also will help working people everywhere in Manitoba. And this year we really want to celebrate how much we have achieved as a union,” he said.

Issues the union delegates will address include changes to pension plans, how to deal with school division amalgamations, support for maintaining Medicare, and how to improve support for Manitoba’s social services.

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 child & family emergency services. Delegates at the convention will come from across the province.


For information, contact:
Paul Moist: (204) 942-1001
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communication:
942-0343, ext. 207, cell. (204) 223-6805

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