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CUPE rallies for workers at University of Saskatchewan

A crowd of more than 200 people waved flags, blew whistles and cheered during a noon hour rally at the University of Saskatchewan.

Pensions, wages among key issues in contract talks

A rally was held at the U of S Tuesday to support CUPE workers seeking a new contract. (Jason Warick/CBC)

A crowd of more than 200 people waved flags, blew whistles and cheered during a noon hour rally at the University of Saskatchewan.

They were there to support workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which is trying to secure a new contract.

CUPE officials say wages are important, but that the main focus is to maintain pensions and other benefits for workers.

"You work your whole life. You work 20 years, 30, 40 years for an employer and you paid into a pension. You expect to be able to retire with dignity and to continue to pay the bills," CUPE national president Mark Hancock said.

Hancock says CUPE is having to fight to maintain adequate pensions for its members across Canada.

The two sides are set to meet again next month.

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