Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

February 13, 2015 18:38 ET

CUPE rally to send a Valentine message to Southern Railway

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2015) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees will be staging a public rally at noon tomorrow (February 14) in support of locked-out members of CUPE Local 7000 who work for Southern Railway.

The Valentine's Day event, which will take place outside the company's service yard in New Westminster, is aimed at raising public awareness of the lockout and some of the safety issues that have arisen from it. Hosted by CUPE 7000 President Bill Magri, the event will feature speakers including NDP MLAs Judy Darcy (New Westminster) and Shane Simpson (Vancouver Hastings). Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro and General Vice-President Trevor Davies will bring greetings on behalf of CUPE BC.

The event will take place at the corner of Quayside Drive near Laguna Court, just beside the Southern Railway service yard where CUPE BC's Community Events Trailer will be parked. For more details, visit:

The 126 members of CUPE 7000 who work for Southern Railway are conductors, engineers, brakemen, trackmen, locomotive repair and maintenance workers, and others who operate, maintain and service the company's freight trains from Chilliwack to the Port of Vancouver. They have been locked out since January 5. The two sides remain far apart on a number of issues, ranging from health and safety to wages, training, and other working conditions.

Contact Information

  • Bill Magri
    CUPE 7000 President

    Louise Oetting
    CUPE National Representative

    Dan Gawthrop
    CUPE Communications Representative