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CUPE has won a representation vote for Vancouver’s new emergency dispatch centre known as E-Comm.

“The campaign was long and it was a tremendous challenge,” said John Strohmaier, vice president of Local 873, in announcing CUPE’s success against the Teamsters and the Inter-national Association of Firefighters.

“Now that the organizing drive is over, the real job of signing a contract and ensuring equality in pay among dispatchers is at the top of our agenda,” said Strohmaier.

The E-Comm centre, established through provincial legislation, is aimed at establishing centralized dispatch services in strategic locations throughout the province. While initially there are 102 members, this number is expected to grow.

“This win,” said Connie Credico, national servicing representative who has coordinated the campaign for the last two years, “means that CUPE is extremely well positioned to be BC’s lead union for emergency dispatchers.”