March 28, 2000, VanderhoofMembers in Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Fort St James and Vanderhoof have voted 81% in favour of joining other CUPE locals across the province in order to obtain a collective agreement that includes both local specific issues and issues common to CUPE locals right across the province.
“Im proud to see that the members of this local understand the importance of this final hour decision,” said Tim Walstrom, president of local 4177. “If our voices from a community where labour relations is exceptionally good are an example, people will surely understand that there is no decision making authority for pay equity, benefits trust, pensions or job security in this community. The authority comes from somewhere else and we hope it is settled before we have to walk a picket line.”
CUPE Local 4177, Nechako Lakes is one of 47 CUPE locals that belong to the K-12 Sectoral Bargaining Committee. A strike by 32 CUPE locals is currently underway. When Nechako Lakes joins the line on Friday the total number of locals on strike will be 33.
Tim Walstrom, president of local 4177
(250) 567-2101 or (250) 567-0762 (c)
Louise Leclair, Communications Representative
Regular information updates regarding CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining can be found at www.cupe.bc.ca/sbc