Members of CUPE Local 4110 will be setting up shop at the local mall, Weyburn Square, with the union’s Medicare exhibit on May 15, National Medicare Day. Shoppers will be asked to get more involved in the Medicare campaign by signing postcards and displaying the red “Yes National Public Medicare” ribbon on their car aerials, mailboxes or trees in order to draw attention to the campaign. Union members and health care advocates will also encourage the public to take action when they get home by emailing the Prime Minister directly through the CUPE website or to call the federal Health Minister Anne McLellan to voice their concerns about any move to privatize our public health care system.
Debbie Hubick, President of Local 4110 has indicated that the support for Medicare in Weyburn is overwhelming. Earlier this year, the Labour Council sponsored a public meeting with health care advocate Shirley Douglas. Over 200 residents turned out to discuss the threats to our public system of health care and ways to fight back in our communities. Sister Hubick predicts the response to the postcard canvass will even be greater than past events. For more information contact Guy Marsden at (306) 525-5874.