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BURNABY—B.C.’s ambulance paramedics received a lot of support from the labour movement during CUPE 873’s seven-month job action—but especially from the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), whose members stood behind picket lines throughout the province.

That support was recognized today when CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill, joined by CUPE 873 director of public education B.J. Chute, presented BCGEU president Darryl Walker with a cheque for $50,000.

This is just a small token of our appreciation for GEU members who were off work as a result of our strike and stood beside our members during their dispute with the BC Ambulance Service,” said O’Neill.

The solidarity between our unions is so important. We are the two largest unions in B.C., so it really is important that we support each other in different sectors. The GEU has clearly walked the talk, so we’re very grateful. On behalf of CUPE BC’s 80,000 members across the province, I offer warm wishes to all GEU members during the coming holiday season.”

Chute expressed CUPE 873’s gratitude on behalf of president John Strohmaier.

The support of BCGEU members on our picket lines was really inspiring for our members,” said Chute.

This kind of support sustained our members and lifted their spirits. We are proud of the GEU for their commitment in standing up for a better ambulance service.”