SMITHERS, B.C. A lone CN Rail worker, with a picket sign crafted out of a cardboard box, was joined on Friday, February 20, by 50 CUPE members in a show of solidarity for the Canadian Auto Workers strike to save 50 fired workers.
The CUPE members interrupted their Northern Area District Council (NADC) workshops to lend support to Tom Wrathall, one of two striking CN Rail workers at the railway station in this northern town.
We are showing support for the CAW and we know were going to get solid support from them when we need it, said NADC president Marilyn Soules. In the north, like most regions of the province, we need to stick together to survive the Liberals.
After two days of discussion about what to do to end the provincial governments reign of cuts, sell-offs and privatization, NADC locals were making a statement against the Liberals as much as one for the strike.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, the NADC greeted British Columbia Teachers Federation president Neil Warboys and traded views on how best to protest against the provincial governments continuing legislative assault on workers and their communities.
The NADC delegates also endorsed a resolution for the April 21-24 CUPE BC division convention proposing that all diversity and youth executive members elected by district councils be automatically included on the relevant CUPE BC committees.
Councils are revising bylaws and electing the new executive voices as part of CUPE BCs Include me! anti-racism campaign.