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March 13, 2000, LangleyOutside and maintenance workers, members of CUPE Local 1851, who work for the School District of Langley (District #35) voted more than 96% in favour of taking strike action in view of last weeks breakdown in contract negotiations.

Glenn Bohl, President of CUPE Local 1851 said, “This employer does not even appear to want to negotiate. Issues that apply specifically to this local and issues that we share in common with other CUPE localsit does not matter to this employer. They have used every excuse possible to stall in reaching a fair contract with us. Parents, students and employees alike are all tired and fed up with the cuts to services, programs and jobs.”

Bohl has indicated that his local will join all other locals who are part of the K-12 Sectoral Bargaining Committee in taking strike action on March 27 if they do not have settlements in their school districts.

Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative and SBC bargaining co-ordinator said that while some aspects of common issues are proceeding well during current discussions it is evident that the BC Public School Employers Association and the School Districts throughout BC have not yet decided to co-operate in preventing job action on March 27.

Glenn Bohl, President, CUPE local 1851
(604) 530-5201 or
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative,
(604) 219-3703

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