Community support from the beginning of their labour dispute has made a huge difference for Fraser Valley transit workers in their resolve to reach a fair contract.

That message was clear at Saturday’s community solidarity barbeque celebrating the hard work, resolve and dedication of CUPE 561 members during one of the longest transit strikes in B.C. history.

“People’s support has meant so much to us—it has really kept us going,” said CUPE 561 strike committee member Elizabeth Roux. “The public understands that fair wages will draw more people to this work, allowing us to hire the drivers we need to provide the level of service these communities deserve.”

The family event, sponsored by Vancity Community Foundation, the BC Federation of Labour, CUPE’s Fraser Valley District Council and the Fraser Valley Labour Council (FVDC), featured a bouncy castle, face painting and other activities for kids, along with food and refreshments. Dozens of local residents dropped by Chilliwack’s Central Community Park to show solidarity with the striking workers.

As well as Roux, speakers included CUPE 561 President Randy Kootte, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies, BC Fed President Sussanne Skidmore and Secretary-Treasurer Hermender Singh Kailley, Fraser Valley Labour Council President Graeme Hutchison, and FVDC President Jennifer Tass.

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