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Despite plunging temperatures, more than 2,000 CUPE health care workers rallied outside the Legislature in Regina to demand government action to end the impasse at the bargaining table.

With shouts of Hey Roy, talk to Al about 82, the striking workers sent a clear message to the province that more money was needed to settle the outstanding issues, including parity in wages and hours of work and improved job security.

The chant was intended to remind NDP premier Roy Romanow that the Blakeney government was defeated in 1982 after legislating an end to a CUPE health care strike.

One in 84 residents of Saskatchewan is a CUPE health care worker. When joined by family, friends and neighbours, they represent a powerful force.