BURNABY, BC – The second day of the teachers’ fight for free collective bargaining ended Tuesday with rallies across B.C. in which Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members were front and centre.
CUPE BC, the largest union in the province with about 70,000 members, has 25,000 members in the school sector. These workers have stayed off the job since the BCTF began its job action on Friday. Many attended last night’s rallies.
“I have never been prouder to be president of this union,” CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said at the Vancouver rally, which took place at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. “Some 25,000 CUPE members who work for school districts are respecting teachers’ picket lines and walking side-by-side with teachers on those lines.”
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