No Concessions acceptable - CUPE national to Lower Mainland Employers

    WINNIPEG, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The strength and solidarity of 560,000
members behind them, 140 delegates from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC
as well as guests from Ontario attending the 11th annual CUPE Western
Municipal Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba pledged their full support to the
12,000 CUPE members in BC's Lower Mainland who are battling concessions from
employers throughout this densely populated belt of British Columbia.
    Speaking to delegates Friday, June 7, 2007 in Winnipeg, CUPE National
President, Paul Moist was clear. "Lower Mainland employers need to know that
Canada's largest union will support fully, the 12,000 Lower Mainland Civic
Employees in their fight for concession free agreements that improve wages and
working conditions."
    The delegates to the Winnipeg conference have pledged to promote CUPE's
Fairness for Civic Workers campaign to their own respective members. In
addition, they are demanding that Lower Mainland employers remove all
concessions from the table, return to the bargaining table with a desire to
make progress and to respect civic workers and the vital services they
provide, by negotiating fair contracts.
    Barry O'Neill, president of CUPE BC and a member of CUPE's national
executive board reminded delegates that, "Lower Mainland civic workers are
currently on the job 24 - 7, protecting communities from flood threats. They
deserve fairness from their employers. And we'll be supporting them in every
way possible until that fairness is restored."
    For his part, Claude Genereux, CUPE's national secretary treasurer
pledged the financial support to these civic workers. "We'll be there to
support your bargaining efforts," said Genereux. "And we'll be there to
support you as you protect your communities from the potentially devastating
damage we are hearing about all along the Fraser River."
    CUPE's Western Municipal Conference continues until June 9, 2006.

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