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REGINA: CUPE health care workers have voted 71% in support of ratifying the tentative agreement reached by their negotiating committee in June. The ballots were counted this morning.

Steve Foley, President of the CUPE Health Care Council in Saskatchewan is pleased with the results.

Our goal from the beginning was to achieve a fair collective agreement that addressed the memberships priority issues of workload, pensions and paid family leave. By voting to ratify this agreement our members believe we have secured our goal.

The new agreement also breaks ground in providing for the creation of a representative workforce for Aboriginal workers. It is the first initiative of this kind in Canada.

The agreement, which covers CUPE health care workers in 18 Saskatchewan health districts, expires March 31, 2004.

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For further information call

John Welden or Steve Foley at 306 922-3895