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November 4, l999, Burnaby, BCT006800650020Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will appeal the recent ruling by the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) which struck down a more than 80% strike vote by CUPE school support workers, members of Local 606 Cowichan Schools.

The School Board had argued that insufficient collective bargaining had taken place; at the same time it refused to continue bargaining. The BCLRB issued its decision without reasons or explanation.

Derek Caroll, vice-president of CUPE 606, a teaching assistant and member of the local whose strike vote has been denied by the LRB, expressed concern over what he perceives to be a threat to worker’s rights to negotiate.

“We’re facing the removal of rightst006800650020democratic rights to negotiate a deal.”

Information: Louise Leclair

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