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Sisters and brothers,

CUPE has been working actively to protect the jobs, wages and working conditions of CUPE members within the Hospital Employees Union who are threatened by Bill 29, and in particular, to ensure they are free to choose the best union to represent them.

We have vigorously opposed the actions of the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (IWA-Canada) that undercut wages and undermine job security. And we have pressed the CLC to take strong action to rein in the IWA and put an end to its efforts to take advantage of massive layoffs and contracting out to expand its membership in health care.

This past month, the CLC imposed sanctions on the IWA and next month, the CLC Executive Committee will meet to consider further action.

In search of a resolution, CUPE has met repeatedly with leaders of the CLC, IWA and other unions, applying firm and persistent pressure for a settlement.

As well, the National Executive Board has fully complied with the resolution adopted unanimously by delegates to National Convention outlining actions to be taken to secure a resolve to this dispute.

Throughout this process, our goal has been to strengthen the labour movement in order that we can effectively fight right-wing governments and privatization. At the same time, we have been clear that it is only when we stand together in solidarity in defense of our members and workers rights that we can build a solid foundation for collective action.

I would invite any members who have questions or concerns in this regard to contact me at pmoist@cupe.ca.

Paul Moist National President