Vancouver’s unionized workers and their supporters will march on City Hall today in a show of solidarity in the ongoing civic strike.
The march aims to improve the flagging morale of members as the strike reaches its sixth week, and to increase pressure on the city for a settlement.
“It’s to bring our members together … to let them know that there are some people out there that care,” said Barry O’Neill, B.C. president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
“We’re together and we’re supporting them. … It’s been a long, tough road.”
Three CUPE locals, representing Vancouver’s inside, outside and library workers, have not been able to reach a deal with the city, unlike 12 other locals that have reached deals in other Lower Mainland municipalities.
The march begins at 10:30 a.m. outside Science World and concludes with about an hour and a half rally outside City Hall. Speakers will include O’Neill, CUPE members and Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour.
O’Neill said the strike has been hard on everyone, including CUPE members, who have had to cancel family vacations and have lived on strike pay for a month and a half.
“It’s frustrating when we don’t see the kind of progress that certainly we’ve seen in other municipalities.”