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Sporting Ituna Fairness Tour t-shirts, 27 striking group home workers from Deer Park Villa in Ituna, Saskatchewan came to Moose Jaw Aug. 10 to picket the provincial social services office.

It was the fourth time in two months the Ituna strikers, members of CUPE 4552, have hit the road to publicize their bitter contract dispute.

The social services department oversees and funds Deer Park Villa, which operates three group homes and an activity centre in Ituna for adults with mental and physical challenges.

The group home workers, want the government to persuade Deer Park Villa to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a resolution to the two-month old strike.

CUPE members at Deer Park Villa walked off the job June 3 after the employer refused to bargain fair seniority language. They have been trying to negotiate their first collective agreement for more than a year.

Its unbelievable that the employer wont even talk to us about the outstanding issues, said union spokesperson Cyndi Salynuik.

If you would like to help, visit:
http://www.cupe.sk.ca/supportlocal4552.htm[english only]