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Members of the union representing more than 350 employees of Sky Chef, an airline catering company based at Vancouver International Airport, have voted overwhelmingly to join Canadas largest and fastest growing union.

At a membership meeting last night, Sky Chef workers, members of Local 10 of the Independent Canadian Transit Union, voted 98% in favour of a merger with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

In welcoming the new members, CUPE British Columbia President, Barry ONeill, said that CUPEs independence was a key factor bringing the two unions together.

These new members, like those of other former ICTU Locals that have merged with CUPE, bring a proud tradition of democratic and principled trade unionism with them, said ONeill. We look forward to their active participation in our union.

Craig Byers, President of ICTU Local 10, said, this merger with CUPE will give our local and its membership access to services and resources that just were not available through ICTU or the other unions we considered.

ICTU Local 10 is the latest in a number of former ICTU Locals that have decided to merge with CUPE. Others have included ICTU Local 13 (Transit workers in Northern BC) and ICTU Local 7 (SkyTrain & Southern Rail workers). These workers are now members of CUPE Local 113 and Local 7000 respectively.

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For more information contact:
Jim Kirk, 291-19940 or 720-7905
Craig Byers, 267-7033