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May 23, 2000, Vancouver Fresh from a tour of BC communities where he has been meeting with CUPE members and the media to discuss Bill 7 and CUPEs demand for a return to free collective bargaining, Barry ONeill, President of CUPE BC and co-chair of the Coalition for Public Education, will address the public education conference entitled Public Education not for Sale.

Coast Stanley Park,
Wednesday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m.

On the issue of corporate control of the public education system, ONeill will remind delegates that the corporate take-over of BCs public education system is not a future worry but a situation that already has a firm hold in our system.

CUPE members have been fighting against the privatization of school infrastructure services for a long, long time.” says ONeill. “And its an uphill battle.”

ONeill notes the case at the University College of the Cariboo, in Kamloops, where Mariott Hotels operates the campus custodial services. “This is just one example of how governments and boards are allowing doors to be propped open for profiteering to take place in our public education system.”

Media are invited to attend Mr. ONeills presentation.

Louise Leclair CUPE Communications Representative
(604)291-1940 or (604) 454-4711

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