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WINNIPEG Supporters of CUPE members at the Maples Personal Care Home braved the cold on Saturday to join the workers in a friendly barbeque. The workers have been on strike for two and a half weeks now.

The Maples workers held a lunchtime barbeque for those who have been supporting them since the strike began. There were family of the workers, CUPE members from different city locals, representatives of other unions and family members of the Maples residents.

Joining the workers on Saturday were Judy Wasylycia-Leis, MP for Winnipeg North Centre, Cris Aglugub, MLA for the Maples and Harvey Smith, City Councillor.

Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba walked the picket line with the workers as well.

All the politicians noted the importance of the workers to the personal health care system and agreed that they deserved the same benefits and wages as comparable workers in the WRHA.

Wasylycia-Leis spoke to the workers about the difficulties of negotiating with a private company that constantly tried to reduce wages to make a profit. She noted that the workers were facing a situation that was one of the reasons the Romanow Report particularly criticized for-profit companies operating in the health care system.

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