1,000 civic workers march on City Hall

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About 1,000 striking unionized workers and their supporters march on Vancouver City Hall yesterday. The ongoing labour dispute is in its sixth week.

About 1,000 striking civic workers vented frustration at Vancouver’s six-week-old labour dispute yesterday with a march and a rally on the south lawn of City Hall.

The ongoing civic strike — which affects everything from building permits and libraries to daycares and garbage pickup — still has no end in sight.

“Our members want to get back to work,” said Paul Faoro, president of CUPE 15, the union that represents about 2,400 indoor workers. “The public services in this city are suffering.”

Marchers, waved flags and signs in a long, but subdued, line that stretched several blocks.

The group, which included the three striking locals, CUPE 15, CUPE 1004 (outdoor) and CUPE 391 (library), left Science World yesterday morning and marched toward City Hall.

“The purpose of the march is a show of unity and solidarity to all members,” said Mike Jackson, president of CUPE 1004. “Not one local is in this by themselves. We’re all in this together to fight for fairness.”

On Monday, CUPE 15 made a counter proposal to the city, following Vancouver’s offer of a regional wage increase of 17.5 per cent over five years. Faoro said the union had not received a response yesterday.

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