BC Premier John Horgan pledged to work together with local governments to tackle the province’s tough challenges during his address to delegates at the annual convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities—and CUPE members in British Columbia are looking forward to the work ahead, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies said today.

“We heard a call to action for everyone in BC to collaborate in delivering solutions to make life better for British Columbians,” said Davies, who attended today’s UBCM convention closing speech. “I believe CUPE members all across the province can look forward to seeing real positive changes in their communities for their families, friends and neighbours.”

Horgan focused on the rebuilding and recovery needed after the unprecedented wildfire season in the interior, the urgent action needed to solve the drug overdose crisis that’s claiming on average four lives every day, building housing to address homelessness and affordability for all BC families, and taking advantage of BC’s position and prosperity to build a strong economy with good high paying jobs.

“CUPE members know first-hand the struggles faced by residents in the hundreds of communities where our members work,” said Davies. “We heard today the Premier’s strong desire to work with all levels of government to get the job done on behalf of British Columbians, and CUPE members are ready to help.

“I am especially glad to hear Premier Horgan’s commitment to provide assistance to the recovery efforts after this summer’s devastating wildfires,” said Davies. “Many CUPE members in the Cariboo and Interior opened their hearts and homes to help those in need and we need all levels of government committed to restoring those communities.”

CUPE BC represents more than 87,000 workers across BC, working in sectors including public education, colleges and universities, community social services, transportation, health care, including more than 25,000 members working for municipalities and regional districts.