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What: CUPE members employed at UBC are organizing a “Breakfast at Martha’s Mansion” on Thursday, January 16, outside the home of UBC President Martha Piper. The breakfast is being held on the eve of mediation talks with CUPE Local 2278, which represents 1,600 teaching assistants at UBC.

Why: UBC recently gave President Piper a big, fat wage increase of 65%, but it is demanding the more than 4,500 CUPE members at UBC employed as teaching assistants, support staff, trades and maintenance accept wage freezes, concessions and second-class treatment. The CUPE members from all three union locals on campus (CUPE Locals 2278, 116 and 2950) want more. They want respect and fair collective agreements.

When: The Breakfast at Martha’s will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Outside Martha Piper’s mansion, located at 6565 NW Marine Drive, (Norman MacKenzie House) adjacent to the Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus. (Park in the museum’s parking lot and follow the cake crumbs to Martha’s.)

  • Assortment of speakers served up at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Goose eggs, gruel and cake crumbs compliments of UBC administration
BYOB: Diners are asked to bring their own bowls (as well as spoons, alarm clocks, whistles and other noise makers) to send a wake-up call to UBC.

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For more information contact:
Beth Smillie at 604-684-9019 (h) or 604-291-1940, extension 223.