No concessions acceptable: CUPE National to Lower Mainland employers

    WINNIPEG, June 8 /CNW/ - With the strength and solidarity of 560,000
members behind them, 140 delegates from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and
B.C. as well as guests from Ontario attending the 11th annual CUPE Western
Municipal Conference in Winnipeg pledged their full support to the 12,000 CUPE
members in B.C.'s Lower Mainland who are battling concessions from employers
throughout this densely populated belt of British Columbia. The delegates
passed an emergency resolution confirming that pledge.
    Speaking to delegates today 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," he
    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.
    "Lower Mainland civic workers are currently on the job 24 - 7, protecting
communities from flood threats," said CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill, a
member of CUPE's National executive board. "They deserve fairness from their
employers. And we'll be supporting them in every way possible until that
fairness is restored."
    For his part, CUPE National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux pledged
the financial support to these civic workers.
    "We'll be there to support your bargaining efforts," said Généreux . 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
    CUPE's Western Municipal Conference ends tomorrow.

For further information:

For further information: Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC President: (604)
340-6768; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications: (778) 229-0258

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