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Rally in Kamloops - May 27, 2000

May 26, 2000, Burnaby Hundreds of CUPE and other union members will descend on the NDP Provincial Council meeting in Kamloops, Saturday afternoon, May 27. They are gathering to protest Bill 7, the NDP governments legislation that ended a one week strike by 18,000 CUPE K-12 school support workers from all over BC last April. The crowd will be calling upon the NDP Provincial Council to pass a resolution brought forward by the BC Federation of Labour condemning Bill 7 and demanding a return to free collective bargaining in BCs public sector.

Rally speakers will include Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour, Judy Darcy, CUPEs National President and Barry ONeill, President of CUPE BC.

ONeill said, “Were going to Kamloops to make it loud and clear to this government and all governments now and in the future that tampering with free, collective bargaining is not on today or ever.”

A barbecue and rally will begin at the Riverside Park Bandshell, 200 Lorne Street at 11:30 a.m. Speeches and greetings will take place from 11:45 a.m. Well-known musical group Ginger Group will provide the music and lyrics to accompany the protest.

Following the rally there will be a march from the park to Stockmans Hotel (where the NDP Provincial Council is holding its meeting) and then back to the park.

For more information:
Louise Leclair
CUPE Communications Representative
Telephone: (604) 291-1940 or Cellular: (604) 454-4711