CUPE surveys three party leaders on election issues

    ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - CUPE wants to know what the leaders of the
three main political parties think about several key issues facing the public
sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says his union has sent a survey to the
three leaders on behalf of its close to 6,000 members and their families. Some
of the issues CUPE views as vital to the continued health of our province's
public sector include:

    - Ensuring CUPE members have access to full and free collective
      bargaining in this upcoming round of talks and beyond

    - Implementing a provincial, public ambulance service, as opposed to the
      hodgepodge system we currently have in place

    - Strengthening our health care system by providing adequate funding and
      keeping services in public hands

    - Introducing a provincial recycling program that is controlled and
      operated within the public sector through municipal governments

    - Building a public child care system that is based on the QUAD
      principles - quality, universal, accessible and developmental

    - Continuing to fix the funding deficiencies with the Public Service
      Pension Plan and moving toward joint trusteeship of the plan

    - Increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour by the year 2010

    (ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: Wayne Lucas will travel to Marystown
    on Tuesday, October 2 to lend support to CUPE candidate Julie Mitchell
    who is running for the NDP in Burin-Placentia West. He will be
    accompanied by St. John's District Labour Council President Sam Kelly and
    CUPE Atlantic Regional Director Robert Chisholm.)

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE NL, (709) 727-2509
(Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o)

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