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QUALICUM BEACH – On Friday, July 31, the eve of the British Columbia Day holiday weekend, the town of Qualicum Beach plans to lock out its 66 municipal workers for the first time ever.

Despite a long history of labour peace, the current mayor and council have refused to give their public employees the same modest two-per-cent per-year wage settlement reached in neighbouring municipalities. Wages are the only outstanding issue after mediated contract talks broke off last month. The workers have been without a contract since 2013.

CUPE Local 401, which represents the municipal workers, will host a rally outside the Qualicum Beach town hall from 3-6pm on Friday afternoon. CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro will be speaking at the event.

What:             Rally for locked out CUPE municipal workers
When:            Friday, July 31, 3-6pm
Where:           Town Hall, 660 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach


Laurence Amy
CUPE Local 401 Acting President

Murray Bush
CUPE National Communications Representative