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VANCOUVER – Almost 600 supporters partied for pay equity and donated $5,300 to the library workers hardship fund at a benefit concert this weekend at the Maritime Labour Centre.

Vancouver’s 800 library workers have been on strike for almost two months in their first strike in their 77-year history. Bargaining dates between CUPE 391 and the City are scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week.

Some of Vancouver’s very best musicians and bands played to help raise money and support the workers.

Many thanks to:

  • CUPE 391’s Doug Andrew (Circus in Flames) and Nen Jelicic (of Eldorado) for the idea and putting the whole thing together
  • Swank, Circus in Flames, Eldorado, and Ross Bliss’s band for playing (and so well)
  • Aili Meutzner for spinning discs (as well as working the door)
  • Phil from Swank for supplying the PA
  • Board of Trustees of the Maritime Labour Centre for donating the use of the hall
  • CUPE 1004 for closing the place for us
  • Ian Hughes for the fabulous poster, and Famous Empty Sky
  • CUPE 391 Hardship Committee (Angela Ho, Inder Pannu, Craig Searle)
  • The good people who worked the door and bar (Alexis Greenwood, Dawn Ibey, Elektra Harris)
  • Vancouver District Labour Council, CUPE BC, and the BC Federation of Labour who sent out the poster and have done so much
  • CUPE locals in the Lower Mainland who are continuing to support us
  • All CUPE 391 members who continue to fight the good fight with spirit and compassion