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Four hundred friends and neighbours rallied in support of 78 striking Cranbrook Civic workers on June 5.

“Its time the mayor and his advisors wake up and smell the coffee,” said CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill. “We are here today to say that CUPE workers in Cranbrook will not accept concessions that amount to contracting out short-term sick leave. CUPE will support these workers as long as it takes”

The Cranbrook Civic strike has been going on for 105 days. CUPE BC will launch an “Adopt a Striker” campaign at their annual convention which begins June 9.

A “By-pass Cranbrook” campaign has also started. CUPE is asking members who are planning a visit to BC and the Kootenays this summer to avoid Cranbrook until the strike is over.