"Disgusting," say Vancouver Elementary Teachers to the defeat of Bill C-257

    VANCOUVER, March 22 /CNW/ - "I'm sorry to hear that Bill C-257 was
defeated in the House of Commons," says Glen Hansman, President of the
Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association.
    Bill C-257 was a federal bill to ban the use of scabs in labour disputes
that fall under federal jurisdiction. It was defeated Wednesday in the House
of Commons by a vote of 177 - 122, after already being previously approved in
principle on second reading.
    "It's disgusting that a federal bill like this would be defeated, and
that Stephane Dion sided with Stephen Harper to make it happen," says Glen
Hansman. "Bill C-257 mirrors laws already in existence in Quebec and British
Columbia to protect workers jobs and collective bargaining rights."
    "Thank you to the NDP MPs and other MPs that supported this Bill," says
Glen Hansman. "Hopefully it won't be the last we see of it, and that the
fear-mongering by big business won't override worker's rights."

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For further information: Glen Hansman, President, VESTA, Cell: (604)

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