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VANCOUVER A cartoon character named Gordo and numerous public employees will help CUPE BC launch a province-wide campaign tomorrow to fight the Liberal attack on communities.

Premier Campbell has declared war on public sector workers, CUPE BC president Barry ONeill said. He has also declared war on the communities where we work and live.

The Strong Communities campaign will enable CUPEs 65,000 workers in B.C. to fight back to protect their jobs and the communities they work to keep healthy, safe, prosperous and strong.

Our members in health care and social services face the first blast of Gordon Campbells reign of terror on our communities, ONeill said. But CUPE workers in other sectors are also facing destructive attacks by the Campbell Liberals.

This is the high price of the Liberal tax cuts, he added. We will pay for those cuts with the loss of human caring, economic prosperity, public and personal security, and the loss of democracy in our communities.

We did not vote for this extreme attack on our way of life in B.C., ONeill said. We did not vote for a government-aided corporate takeover of our province. We did not vote for a secretive master plan.

Assignment editors note: Barry will launch the campaign at the Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E. Hastings St., at 12 noon tomorrow. He will be joined by CUPE workers from various sectors, including ambulance services, schools, municipalities, libraries, universities and colleges. They will talk about the impact of the Liberal attack in their workplace.


Ron Verzuh, 604-785-1422
Teresa Marshall, CUPE Communications, 604-313-6103.