March 28, 2000, BurnabyOver 900 CUPE support staff who work for Burnaby Schools will join more another 15,000 on the picket lines on Wednesday morning.
The Burnaby group gave their community two additional days grace since they had already been on strike for two days in January on the same issuegetting a contract for their workers.
“We felt,” said Terry Allen, President of CUPE Local 379, “that our community deserved the two days grace. Our community dealt with the two-day strike in January. The extra two days was a mark of our respect for families and hope that a settlement would be reached. In view of the lack of settlement we must now take our rightful place on the picket line.”
CUPE 379 is one of 47 members of the CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining Committee.
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative said, “We hope that neither Local 379, nor the other CUPE locals currently on strike will have to stay out for too longbut at this point it is still hard to say.”
Terry Allen, president local 379
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Louise Leclair, communications representative
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