Southern Manitoba Health Care Support Workers Choose CUPE!

Health care support workers in the new Southern Health-Santé Sud have chosen the Canadian Union of Public Employees to represent them, following weeks of representation votes triggered after the provincial government announced the amalgamation of several Regional Health Authorities (RHA) last May.

“We are proud that CUPE will be representing us into the future” states Candace Wright, Vice-President of CUPE Local 4270, “when it comes to representation and fighting for us at the bargaining table, we know that CUPE is the union for us.”

Health care support workers had the choice between the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).  The voting period for Southern Health-Santé Sud ran from October 5 to October 26, 2012.

The unofficial results of the vote were released by the Manitoba Labour Board on February 14, 2013.  “We are encouraged by the results of this vote” says Shannon McAteer, Health Care Coordinator for CUPE “we are committed to serving Manitoba’s health care support workers, and are proud of CUPE’s record as Manitoba’s strongest health care support workers’ union.  We are happy to welcome the new members to our union.”

The results of the votes are as follows:
CUPE: 636
MGEU: 534
Spoiled – 76

For more information on the healthcare representation votes, visit

Dates have not yet been set for the counting of the ballots for the representation votes for Western Manitoba (the new Prairie Mountain Health), which took place between January 17 and January 31, 2013.

For more information, contact:

Shannon McAteer, CUPE Health Care Coordinator at (204) 797-8699

David Jacks, Communications Representative at (204) 801-7339