Annual 'mini-think tank' meetings focus on privatization, election
NANAIMO, BC, June 23 /CNW/ - The president, secretary-treasurer and four
general vice-presidents of B.C.'s largest union, along with staff, have
gathered in the Harbour City today and tomorrow to address some of the
challenges its members will face over the next year.
The B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees holds an
informal administrative planning meeting in Nanaimo each year in late June.
These discussions precede a larger 'think tank' of CUPE BC's entire executive
and CUPE regional staff that is held in Kelowna each year in late July.
This year's discussions, held at the Coast Bastion, are focussed on the
union's efforts to adopt strategies to fight privatization and prepare for
municipal, provincial and possibly federal elections. The outcome of the
meetings is especially important for CUPE's 75,000 members in B.C., says CUPE
BC president Barry O'Neill.
"Our members make a big difference in their communities, in so many
ways," O'Neill says. "That's why we need to prepare them for the challenges in
the next year."
The meetings include discussion on CUPE members' role in boosting their
local economies, a theme O'Neill addressed during a provincial tour that
stopped here in late January.
Also attending the meetings and available for media interviews until
tomorrow afternoon are CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock and general
vice-presidents Carlene Keddie, Bev LaPointe, Cindy McQueen and Debbie Taylor.
For further information:
For further information: Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC president: (604)
340-6768; Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132