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WINNIPEG The strike at the Maples Personal Care Home is over.

The union Bargaining Committee (of CUPE Local 2719) and the owners of the Home tentatively agreed yesterday evening to a settlement for a new collective agreement.

The 93 members of CUPE Local 2719 will vote on the agreement Friday (tomorrow) at 1 p.m.

Union officials and members will be available for the media after 3 p.m., Friday, January 10th, at the Marigold Restaurant, 1245 Inkster Boulevard. Information on the settlement will be released then.

If the members approve the new contract, they will start returning to work by the weekend.

The contract for the health care support workers expired in March 2002. They went on strike November 13th when negotiations broke down.

Both parties agreed to mediation earlier this week and the mediator, Michael Werier, brokered the settlement.

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For information, contact:

Mark Kernaghan, National Representative, Phone: 942-0343, ext. 216

Dennis Lewycky, Research/Communications Representative, Cell. Phone: 223-6805