Record number of activists meet in St. John's for CUPE Occupational Health and Safety Conference

    ST JOHN'S, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - A record number of occupational health
and safety (OH&S) activists from across Canada are gathering in St. John's
this week for a conference being held by CUPE, the country's largest union.
    "Having 475 CUPE health and safety activists from across Canada come to
St. John's is pretty impressive," said CUPE National President Paul Moist. "I
believe this reflects the growing importance of health and safety issues to
our members, and an increasing desire to tackle some of these challenges in
their workplaces."
    Delegates will have a chance to hear leading OH&S speakers from Canada
and the United States, as well as exchange information and develop strategies
to improve workers' health and safety.
    "Some of the current health and safety threats that our members face
include violence, harassment and bullying," explained Wayne Lucas, CUPE
Newfoundland and Labrador President. "The conference will allow members to get
at some of the root causes of these problems and hear from some real experts
about how to fight them."
    The conference is being held from October 23 to 26. Workshops are being
held at the Delta St. John's and the Fairmont Newfoundland. Plenary sessions
with guest speakers are being held at the St. John's Convention Centre.
    This is CUPE's 10th National Health and Safety Conference.

    - Agenda:

For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613)
558-2873; Wayne Lucas, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President, (709)
727-2509; John McCracken, CUPE Communications, (902) 880-8057 (Cell or Text)

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