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KELOWNAContinuing his tour of B.C. communities, CUPE B.C. president, Barry ONeill touches down in Kelowna on Thursday, January 27. ONeill begins his stay in Kelowna with a tour of facilities at the Kelowna airport followed by a tour of the city works yard. Both sites are maintained by CUPE members.

Im proud of the contribution CUPE members make delivering public services on a daily basis to a prosperous community like Kelowna, says ONeill.

As part of this leg of his provincial tour ONeill hopes to have the opportunity to canvass Kelownas local politicians about joining forces with CUPE in launching a Kelowna City Watch program.

Im hoping that well be able to convince Kelownas politicians to co-sponsor this program since it has been so successful in other B.C. communities. It seems particularly appropriate to launch such a program in Kelowna at this time. CUPE members can make a significant contribution to supporting public safety in this growing city.

On Friday, ONeill will meet with local area CUPE presidents and other union members highlighting the importance for all CUPE members to support strong public services including programs like City Watch as well as a strong and healthy public education system.

It takes active community members to make sure that politicians at all levels are held to account, says ONeill. It couldnt be more timely for CUPE members to reinforce the importance of a strong public sector in keeping up services for families and small businesses.

ONeill will be available for media interviews on Thursday, January 27 and also Friday, January 28.

John Kirk, CUPE staff representative 250-862-7954
Barry ONeill, CUPE BC president 604-916-8444