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OTTAWA CUPE will lobby federal politicians, join picket lines and financially support striking Public Service Alliance of Canada workers, CUPE national leaders pledged today.

Armed with a forceful new resolution from his executive board, CUPE national president Paul Moist walked with PSAC pickets earlier this morning.

The resolution says CUPE members will support the PSAC during their current bargaining, including direct lobbying of federal MPs, picket line support, financial support. The document also pledges to publicize this plan widely within our union.

Our top leaders will return to their respective provinces this week with a mandate to get behind the strikers in every way possible, Moist said. We are committed to forging this solidarity in a climate of brutal government bargaining where hard earned rights like pay equity are being rolled back across the public sector and we will not fail.

CUPEs statement comes as public sector unions are building a broader common front of solidarity and support across the public sector. The national leaders further agreed to forge solid relations with all major public sector unions, including solidarity pacts, joint op-ed pieces, joint advertising campaigns, and a plan to convene a meeting of senior leadership.

An injury to one is an injury to all public sector workers, Moist said. This resolution is CUPEs way of sending that message to the PSACs federal employers. We are with our PSAC friends all the way to a fair settlement.


Catherine Louli, cell (613-851-0547, CUPE Communications
David Robbins, cell (613) 878-1431, CUPE Communications