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VANCOUVER – A democracy village is going up near the Goddess of Democracy statue at the University of British Columbia today.

“We’re setting up this democracy village to protest the implementation of Bill 21, the law preventing us from exercising our right to strike,” said CUPE Local 2278 president Alex Grant.

“Democracy Village represents the last remaining free speech zone on campus,” the leader of about 1,600 striking teaching assistants added. “We’ll carry out our duties in a Solidarity Village tent.”

The TAs plan to invite students into the large tent for seminars and meetings. The village will be the focal point of activities for the next few days. Support is coming from most campus staff, including the two other locals now in mediated bargaining at the Labour Relations Board as imposed by Bill 21.

Members of CUPE Locals 116 and 2950, while obeying the order to go back to work, will provide services, including food and other supplies needed to sustain the village.


Attention editors and reporters: Attached is a backgrounder to the UBC dispute with information that has not been widely reported.

Bargaining – Connie Credico,
(604) 209-7308;
Democracy Village – Alex Grant, Local 2278,
(604) 916-2117;
Paul Cooke, Local 116
(604) 813-6115.