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VANCOUVER - Visitors to Vancouver’s favourite literature and literacy festival, the Word on the Street, will be delighted to discover Word on the Strike, an upbeat special event presented by striking CUPE 391 library workers at Library Square on Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CUPE 15 has also been instrumental in organizing and supporting the event.

Capitalizing on the diverse talents and creativity of Vancouver’s library and civic workers, Word on the Strike, held along side of Word on the Street, is intended as a complementary event featuring a diverse range of information tables, haiku, face painting, a puppet show, origami, buttons, and much more.

Word on the Strike collector edition buttons will be distributed by donation at the event. (See attached picture).

We are pleased that Word on the Street will be able to continue this year, and that we are able to keep the integrity of our picket line in such a innovative way,” said CUPE 391 President Alex Youngberg. “The past 10 weeks have been very difficult for both our members and Vancouver residents. It is very important to us that we continue to positively engage with the public.”

CUPE 391 and CUPE 15 members are looking forward to welcoming the community to their event and are encouraging festival attendees, authors, participants and performers to visit them at Library Square.

Word on the Strike
Sunday, September 30, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Library Square, 350 West Georgia Street

For more information, contact:

Peter DeGroot or D’Arcy Stainton, Event Coordinators, 778-840-0508

Alexandra Youngberg, CUPE 391 President, 604-908-6095

Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, 778-229-0258