Media advisory - CUPE BC tour on 'heartland' economy hits Interior next week

    Barry O'Neill teams up with United Steelworkers to discuss local
    investment solutions

    BURNABY, BC, March 7 /CNW/ - CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill, who has
been touring British Columbia since late January, is visiting three
communities in the Interior and Okanagan next week to talk about local
investment and alternatives to privatization.
    In a tour of municipalities that begins on Monday in Kamloops, O'Neill
will hold daily luncheons for local mayors, councilors, school trustees and
chambers of commerce representatives. On each evening of the tour he will host
a public meeting with a presentation and discussion called "Investing in Our
Communities: Local Solutions for B.C. Municipalities."
    O'Neill will be joined at the evening events by United Steelworkers
(District 3) staff representative Scott Lunny, who will discuss the state of
the forest industry and its impact on local economies in resource-based
    The provincewide tour, which began on Vancouver Island, has since stopped
in the Kootenays and earlier this week in the Cariboo Chilcotin.
    Next week's tour dates are as follows: Kamloops (March 10), Kelowna
(March 11), Penticton (March 12).
    O'Neill and Lunny will be available for media interviews throughout the

    WHAT:     "Investing in Our Communities" public presentation and

    WHEN:     March 10-12

    WHERE:    Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton

    CONTACT:  Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132

For further information:

For further information: Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604)

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