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Health care support workers in the new Southern Health-Santé Sud have chosen the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to represent them, following weeks of representation votes triggered after the provincial government announced the amalgamation of several Regional Health Authorities (RHA) last May.

We are proud that CUPE will be representing us into the future,” states Candace Wright, vice-president of CUPE Local 4270. “When it comes to representation and fighting for us at the bargaining table, we know that CUPE is the union for us.”

Health care support workers had the choice between the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) and CUPE.  The voting period for Southern Health-Santé Sud ran from October 5 to October 26, 2012.

The unofficial results of the vote were released by the Manitoba Labour Board on February 14, 2013.

We are encouraged by the results of this vote,” says Shannon McAteer, health care coordinator for CUPE. “We are committed to serving Manitoba’s health care support workers, and are proud of CUPE’s record as Manitoba’s strongest health care support workers’ union. We are happy to welcome the new members to our union.”

Ballots for the new Interlake-Eastern RHA will be counted by the Manitoba Labour Board on February 19 for the voting that took place October 26 to November 16, 2012.

Dates have not yet been set for the counting of the ballots for the representation votes for Western Manitoba (the new Prairie Mountain Health), which took place between January 4 and January 25, 2013.