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Striking civic workers in Cranbrook remain strong and united despite the fact that once again the city’s mayor and council have rejected the union’s offer to settle the six-week old strike. The 89 members of CUPE 2090 and 2106 have been on the line since February 24.

While the mayor of this city of 23,000 keeps saying he wants to end the dispute, it is clear his true intention is to keep CUPE members out until they agree to gut their twenty-year old sick leave plan.

At the same time, our Cranbrook brothers and sisters are beginning to wonder if the real reason for keeping members on the picket line is to pay for the big mistakes local politicians have made surrounding a public private partnership to build a new ice arena and recreation complex.

While the CUPE members continue to receive strong support from their community, two months off the job on strike pay alone is creating a strain for many. CUPE locals wishing to support the striking workers can send greetings and donations to: Locals 2090 and 2106 c/o Cranbrook Area Office, 105 9th Avenue South, Suite 301, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 2M1.