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National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux flying in from Ottawa to mark occasion

CRANBROOKCUPE National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux will be on hand as the Canadian Union of Public Employees celebrates the launch of its new Cranbrook area office with a grand opening on Thursday afternoon (September 18).

CUPE’s spacious new headquarters, located at 116 - 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, are environmentally designed and feature front beams made of local wood. Built on land owned by CUPE, the building’s construction began two years ago and was completed at the end of May last year. The building is also home to CUPE 2090, City of Cranbrook (Airport – inside/outside) workers and CUPE 4165 (Southeast Kootenay School District #5).

In addition to Généreux, who is flying in from Ottawa for the opening, members from all the CUPE area locals, as well as district labour council representatives, local politicians and school trustees, have been invited to the event. Hosted by CUPE National representative Wayne Malone, the grand opening will run from 4-6 p.m.

CUPE’s Cranbrook area services the East Kootenay communities of Golden, Fernie, Sparwood, Invermere, Elkford and Cranbrook. CUPE members work for school districts, municipalities, regional districts, airport services, libraries, a college, and social services.

WHAT: CUPE Cranbrook Area office grand opening
WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 4-6 p.m.
WHERE: #116 - 7th Avenue South, Cranbrook, B.C.


Contact: Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132

Wayne Malone, CUPE National Representative: (250) 417-6553