The Canadian Union of Public Employees has set this Friday as a strike deadline for 24 workers at Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba.


They're looking for wage and benefit increases that would bring them level with provincial CFS workers.


CFSCM Board Chair Evelyn Currie remains optimistic about settling the dispute, adding a meeting's slated for tomorrow.


However, she stresses CFS resources are limited because they receive a set amount from the province.


Currie points out CFS is covered by the provincial Essential Services Act, which means services will be maintained.


She notes a contingency plan is ready, and the union's agreed to provide workers as needed.