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WINNIPEG Angered by poor treatment and an insulting offer from their employer, CUPE 2348 members, who work at the Sara Riel Crisis Stabilization Unit, have voted to reject a last-minute deal and have set a new strike date of September 3.

Since March of last year 18 long months these employees have been working without a contract. Theyre angry to have waited so long to be offered so little, said CUPE National representative Sheree Capar. This latest offer still leaves a considerable gap between what these employees are paid compared to their peers at another crisis stabilization unit in Winnipeg.

The CUPE members voted unanimously to reject Sara Riel Inc.s offer, which included a two percent a year wage increase, but with some lay-offs. The workers say their work will be unsafe if staffing is cutback. The 20 workers provide care for people diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas 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 service agencies, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services. The Union is consistently promoting the public delivery of services and exposing the waste created through the privatization of services.


For information, contact:

Sheree Capar, CUPE National representative (204) 942-0343 ext. 213