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Some 400 CUPE Local 1560 members and their supporters marched through the streets of St. John’s this morning, in a strong show of solidarity and support for their union.

The employees of the Avalon East School Board rallied at Harbour Front Park, and heard speeches from CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas and Chief Negotiator Dave Reynolds.

Sporting “The cows have come home’ black and white t-shirts, they blew CUPE whistles as they paraded through the streets of the capitol, making their presence known to all.

Reynolds told the crowd, “CUPE and NAPE are waiting to see an offer from government that is truly fair and reasonable. In addition, any wage settlement has to take inflation into account,” said Reynolds. Reynolds said government has to begin treating its workers with respect.

CUPE and NAPE members rally in Lab City

St. John’s wasn’t the only place for rallies Tuesday. CUPE and NAPE members held a car rally which went from Labrador City to Wabush and back today.

Among the speakers were CUPE Local 1581 President Anna Fillippi who told the strikers, “Our two great unions are sticking together right to the end. We are not going let this government trample over our rights.

NAPE Representative Bert Blundon also addressed the strikers.