Media Advisory - Why are Vancouver kids still sitting on dirty carpets at their schools? News conference Tuesday July 3 at 11 a.m. at Hotel Vancouver with graphic photos



    Operating Engineers union to launch new campaign on dirty carpets problem
    in Vancouver School Board schools, citing health and environmental
    concerns continue one year after first raising issue

    VANCOUVER, June 29 /CNW/ - Why are Vancouver kids still sitting on dirty
carpets at Vancouver School Board schools one year after the problem was first
raised?
    The union representing building engineers, custodians and maintenance
staff in Vancouver public schools first raised the issue in June 2006, running
ads with graphic photos detailing dirty, moldy, wet and soiled carpets in
several schools.
    But the problem still remains so the International Union of Operating
Engineers Local 963 is launching a new campaign on the dirty carpets problem.
    The IUOE 963 will display new photos from a number of city schools and
offer a new solution to the Vancouver School Board.
    Joining Operating Engineers Local 963 Business Manager Tim De Vivo and
President Adrian David will be Bill Bargeman, president of the Vancouver
Secondary Teachers Association, and Sean Griffin of the Labour Environmental
Alliance.

    News Conference:
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    Tuesday July 3 at 11 a.m.
    Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - 900 West Georgia Street
    Tweedsmuir Room

    The VSB rejected a proposal from the union last year to end privatized
contracted-out carpet cleaning and return the work to VSB staff, who cleaned
all carpets until 2002. Vancouver is the only school district in the Lower
Mainland that has privatized carpet cleaning.





For further information:

For further information: Call Bill Tieleman, West Star Communications,
at (604) 844-7827 or cell (778) 896-0964, Website: www.iuoe963.ca

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