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WINNIPEG The healthcare support workers at the River East Personal Care Home have voted to strike anytime after December 2, 2002, after seeing the employer’s last offer. Sixty-four members are working at the facility and would go on strike.

We have not exhausted all our possibilities, said Murray Craddock, CUPE National Representative. We’re still talking to the employer and we hope we can come to an agreement prior to strike action.

River East Personal Care Home (REPCH) is privately owned and not bound by wage agreements governing other public personal care homes. The healthcare support workers at REPCH are generally paid less than those support workers who work in public facilities and they have fewer benefits.

The worker’s contract expired on June 12, 2002. They have agreed with the employer on a number of workplace issues and are close to an agreement on wage and shift premium issues.

CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, represents health care support workers in a number of bargaining units across Manitoba. Almost 6,000 CUPE members work in hospitals, clinics and personal care homes. They make sure residents are kept comfortable and safe. They help doctors, nurses and specialized staff to bath, feed and move patients. Working behind the scenes, they clean and maintain Manitoba’s health care facilities.

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For information, contact:

Murray Craddock, National Representative, Phone: 942-0343, ext. 209
Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative, Phone: 942-0343, ext. 298