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March 3, 2000, Kamloops Kamloops school workers, CUPE local 3500, turned out in large numbers on Tuesday (March 1, 2000) to give an overwhelming 81% strike mandate to their local bargaining committee to call a strike should that action become necessary.

Larry Bancroft, President of the 600-member local said, “I want to congratulate my members for turning out in such large numbers to demonstrate their frustration over the bargaining process. We have one local issue that still needs to be resolved but the big issue among Kamloops workers is job securitythe erosion of jobs and services in the school sector.”

Local 3500, like the 19 other locals that have also taken strike votes, are among the 47 locals who are members of the CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining Committee (SBC).

Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative and co-ordinator of the SBC, welcomed the news of Kamloops strike vote. Said Johnson, “At this point I can only respond that the more strike votes and the stronger they are, the clearer our message to government becomesthere is something wrong with the state of school support bargaining and it is beginning to feel increasingly uncomfortablefor all concerned.”

Larry Bancroft, CUPE Local 3500 President

(250) 851-4690 or
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative
(604) 219-3703

Regular information updates regarding CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining can be found at www.cupe.bc.ca/sbc