Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

October 23, 2009 13:01 ET

O'Neill Re-Elected as CUPE National Vice-President

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2009) - Barry O'Neill of Lantzville was recently re-elected as general vice-president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Canada's largest union represents over 600,000 members from coast to coast. Earlier this month, two thousand delegates attended CUPE's national convention in Montreal to elect its national officers and develop an action plan for the next two years.

Opposing public-private partnerships, defending Canada's public health care and education systems, and working with local governments to build stronger local economies were some of the key issues at this year's convention.

"Delegates agreed that 'strong local economies' are not solely dependent on federal and provincial handouts but are capable of developing new revenue streams besides property tax and cost development charges," said O'Neill.

A highlight of convention was the widespread support, across the country, for the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. O'Neill said this dispute is now on the national agenda and people are talking about it in every province.

"International visitors are also starting to take notice of this dispute," said O'Neill. "What is this going to mean to the health and welfare of all those who will be arriving in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics?"

O'Neill is currently the president of CUPE British Columbia and will continue to hold both positions.

Contact Information

    Barry O'Neill
    (604) 340-6768
    Dan Gawthrop
    (604) 999-6132