Labour Day Rally to support locked out workers

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HEU members across the Lower Mainland are urged to show their support for workers at Telus, CBC, and Teck-Cominco at a noon-hour Labour Day Rally — September 5 — across from the Telus building at Kingsway and Boundary.

Organized by the BC Federation of Labour, the rally is another in a series of events staged across the province since July 21 when the Telecommunications Workers Union members were locked out, after more than four and a half years without a collective agreement.

And on August 15, after 15 months of unsuccessful bargaining, the CBC locked out 5,500 employees nationwide — members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG). Employees at Trail’s Teck Cominco have been on strike since July 19.

Referring to ongoing news reports about Telus’ anti-union actions, HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy says, “The level of hostility this company is showing toward its workers is truly astounding. Clearly, it is far more interested in trying to break the union than it is in addressing these workers' priority issues — contracting-out and job security.”

HEU president Fred Muzin says, “We encourage our members to take some time this Labour Day weekend to join picket lines in their communities. These are fights that affect all workers. Our sisters and brothers need and deserve our solidarity.”

HEU members outside of the Lower Mainland should contact their local labour councils regarding any events being planned in their region.