Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

April 25, 2009 19:45 ET

CUPE BC Executive Gets New Blood, OKs Action Plan

Union's 46th convention closes; delegates urged to 'keep up fight' against BC Liberals

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 25, 2009) - CUPE BC elected its new executive board on the final day of the 46th annual convention.

Barry O'Neill was acclaimed as president for a seventh term, while Mark Hancock was acclaimed for his third term as the union's secretary-treasurer.

In the voting for general vice presidents, incumbents Cindy McQueen and Deb Taylor are joined by Paul Faoro, president CUPE 15 (Vancouver civic) and Steven Storch, president of CUPE 3799 (University of Northern BC, Prince George).

"Elections are the root of the democratic process that keeps our union strong," said O'Neill. "It's always a privilege to see how many CUPE activists are willing to offer so much of themselves. I congratulate everyone who put their name forward and look forward to working with the new board."

Earlier in the day, BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair praised CUPE members for standing up to the Campbell Liberals over the past eight years and urged them to "keep up the great fight" on the road to May 12.

"One of the reasons we have to elect the NDP is because Campbell is planning to cut another 10,000 public jobs over the next three years - gutting the public service that we all depend on," Sinclair told delegates.

During convention, delegates passed 21 resolutions, including an emergency resolution calling for a moratorium on run-of-river private power projects in B.C. Other resolutions called for CUPE BC to lobby the provincial government to restore base funding for post secondary institutions in B.C. to acceptable levels, support and expand the "four pillars" approach to drug addiction, and continue to demand at least $150 million annually to community social services agencies' budgets to address waitlists and underfunding issues in the sector.

For a complete list of the new executive, please visit:

Contact Information

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