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May 17, 2000, Burnaby - Barry ONeill will tour several communities in the next week, meeting with CUPE school support workers and other CUPE members. Theyll be talking about local actions to increase pressure on government to restore free collective bargaining in BC.

“There is no free collective bargaining in BC,” says ONeill, “as long as workers are forced to accept a contract without voting to accept that contract. Todays news from the IIC, about a return to bargaining, is good, but it is only a very small first step. Government must ensure that the IIC has something to offer to members and to the public school system.”

Thursday, May 18 in Kamloop
Barry ONeill, President of CUPE BC
12:30 p.m.
Pemberton Terrace
Kamloops, B.C.

The media is invited to discuss the current campaign to step up action against Bill 7 and to restore free collective bargaining.

Meetings are also scheduled for Prince George, Thursday evening, May 18 and Friday morning May 19 and in Kelowna on Tuesday morning, May 23

For more information:
Louise Leclair CUPE Communications Representative
(604) 291-1940