VANCOUVER, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Communications Energy and
Paperworkers Union (CEP), the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW), the BC
Teachers' Federation, the United Fishermen and Allied Workers'
Union-CAW, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees BC (CUPE BC) have
all added their names to the growing list endorsing the October 22
Defend Our Coast mass sit-in against tar sands tankers and pipelines in
"More than 50 BC communities have said 'no' to these tar sands export
pipelines and the tanker traffic they will bring to BC's pristine
coastline," said CUPE BC President Barry O'Neill. "That's along with
132 First Nations, and thousands of working people right across Canada
who say no. CUPE BC stands with them all, and we're very proud to
support this action."
"The students in our classrooms are keenly aware of environmental
issues, and they are demanding that we adults do our part to ensure
that the world they inherit is clean, healthy and sustainable. We all
have a responsibility to take a stand for our children and
grandchildren," said Susan Lambert, president of the BC Teachers'
On September 12, over 80 influential leaders from the business, First
Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic
communities endorsed the sit-in at the provincial legislature. The
sit-in will highlight the widespread opposition in B.C. and across
Canada to tar sands pipelines and the threat they pose to coastal
ecosystems and inland watersheds on unceded First Nations territories.
"The on-going risks that these tar sands pipelines and tankers pose
aren't worth any price. Tens of thousands of unionized and other jobs
depend on healthy river and ocean ecosystems," said Susan Spratt CAW
Area Director for BC and AB. "On October 22nd we will be standing in solidarity with thousands of working people in
BC and our First Nations sisters and brothers."
The October 22 sit-in builds on the success of previous protests against
tar sands expansion and pipeline projects in the U.S. and Canada: the
August 2011 sit-ins in Washington D.C. that helped delay approval of
the Keystone XL pipeline and the September 2011 sit-in in Ottawa that
helped put Canadian tar sands pipeline proposals in the national
"We will be coming to Victoria not just to oppose Harper's vision of an
economy based on exporting raw bitumen but to propose a very different
economic vision for our country. We want a transition from dependence
on fossil fuels that is fair to the workers in the sector, as well as a
national energy strategy that includes good green jobs and long term
energy security to Canadians," asserted Jim Britton, Regional Vice
People can sign up online at http://www.defendourcoast.ca to participate and become a coastal defender.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
Susan Spratt, Western Regional Director, Canadian Auto Workers Union
Nancy Knickerbocker, Media relations officer, British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Karen Cooling, Communications, Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Union
Clay Suddaby, Communications, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)