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(Thunder Bay) Employees with the Thunder Bay District Health Units Board of Health have asked the Ministry of Labour to issue a No Board report, establishing a strike deadline of February 23.

The 40 members of CUPE Local 1759, who are Health Inspectors, RPNs (Registered Practical Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Clerical Staff and Computer Technicians with the Board of Health, are looking for wage parity with other Northern health units.

The other major issue in the dispute is an employer demand for concessions to the health workers hours of work and shift schedules, which the union says would create major disruption in peoples family lives.

Mediated talks with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour are scheduled for February 19th to 21st.

The Board of Healths unionized employees have been working without a contract since December, 1999.

For information:
Jules Tupker, CUPE National Rep.
(807) 345-1731 (o)
Vince Chiodo, President, Local 1759
(807) 344-1921 (h)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)