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WINNIPEGCUPE long-term care committee members from public and private nursing homes across the province yesterday met with Health Minister Dave Chomiak to discuss implementation of the unions nine-point plan outlined in their report For the Love of it released last April in Brandon.

The Health Minister reacted favourably to our report and our committee members feel very positive that the issues we raised will get addressed, said Murray Craddock, CUPE representative. There are CUPE members across the province who work in this sector who have been waiting a long time to see some positive change. Our nine-point plan can really make a difference for both workers and the residents they care for.

CUPEs report is based on members experiences and paints a frightening portrait of decreasing resident care levels and staff burnout across Manitoba. The report proposes solutions in a nine-point action plan. CUPE represents workers at 72 public and private homes throughout the province.

Copies of the CUPE long-term care report and the unions Discussion Paper based on the nine-point plan are available from the CUPE Winnipeg office or the CUPE Manitoba web site: cupe.mb.ca.

CUPE is Canadas largest union representing 485,000 women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE has 23,000 members who work in health care, emergency services, education, municipalities, social services, libraries and utilities.

For more information, contact:

Murray Craddock, CUPE staff representative

(204) 942-0343