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On Friday, October 21, 2005 up to 40,000 CUPE members in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley joined the political protest and shut down their worksites and operations. Many attended the PNE Coliseum or Stetson Bowl rally - estimates of up to 10,000 CUPE workers, teachers, students, and labour allies participated in either venue. The featured speakers at each rally were: CUPE National President Paul Moist, BCTF President Jinny Sims, HEU Secretary-Business Manager Judy Darcy, and CUPE BC President Barry O'Neill. They made outstanding speeches and were enthusiastically received by the huge crowds.