BURNABY, BC—The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members in northern B.C. will be off the job on Tuesday October 18th if there is no resolution to the teachers’ dispute. CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill said the northern CUPE members will follow Vancouver Island workers, who are scheduled to be off the job on Monday.
“25,000 CUPE school support workers have been out with the teachers from the first day of the teachers’ political protest against Bill 12, the Teachers’ Collective Agreement Act. They have been on the lines since October 7. The other members of CUPE in B.C. are ready to join the fight,” said O’Neill.
“On Monday, October 17th CUPE members on Vancouver Island will be participating in a political protest and will not be reporting for work. On Tuesday, October 18th CUPE members in northern B.C. will do the same,” said O’Neill.
“I’m proud of CUPE members who feel it is time to take a stand against unacceptable government legislation and action and this attack on free collective bargaining,” said O’Neill.
There are approximately 15,000 CUPE members on Vancouver Island and about 4,000 CUPE members in northern B.C. who work in many sectors including school, municipal, healthcare, social services, and post-secondary education.
For more information:
CUPE communications representative
CUPE BC president