CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council is offering solidarity and support to the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Our members are committed to human rights and to the social justice principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and are engaged in finding ways to meaningfully respond to the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We are troubled by the events of this past week that saw the enforcement of exclusion zones on traditional unceded territory, the forced removal of land defenders and threats to journalists. The outpouring of support across Canada for the position of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs in the form of rallies, marches, sit-ins, and blockades is a hopeful sign that people everywhere are ready for not just reconciliation but reparations, and to build a new relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of these lands.
We now have an opportunity to take the first steps in transforming and decolonizing our laws. We call on the governments of BC and Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Coastal GasLink Pipeline to respect the position of the Hereditary Chiefs and seek a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.
Date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. march; 3:45 p.m. rally
Start location: Westminster Savings Shaughnessy Station branch (2850 Shaughnessy St., Unit 6108, Port Coquitlam, B.C.)
End location: Westminster Savings Sunwood Square branch (3025 Lougheed Highway, Unit 290, Coquitlam, B.C.)
Please note that there may be some potential disruptions to traffic along Lougheed Highway from Shaughnessy St. to Westwood St. due to the size of the march. The union has worked with the local RCMP in order to minimize the impact on motorists.
Westminster Savings informed its members in June that they are planning to shut down the Shaughnessy Station branch this fall, claiming the decision is not related to the branch’s unionized status. The Shaughnessy Station branch is the only unionized branch of Westminster Savings.
Workers at the Shaughnessy Station branch, represented by MoveUP, have been on the picket line since January 22 fighting for retirement security and against their employer’s attempts to deny access to the existing defined benefit pension plan for employees hired on or after July 1, 2018. New employees at the non-unionized branches have already been affected by the change.
CUPE Metro is proud to have the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) host us this year for Labour Day in Vancouver. We will be rallying with other Unions, District Councils and the BC Fed at the Coliseum to kick off a fun day at the PNE.
We will have early entry available at Gate 6 for members to pick up wristbands.
Members must pre-register for their wristbands by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
In support of 51 CUPE workers who have been locked out since January 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, a rally will take place:
Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: New Brighton Park, 93 New Brighton Road, Vancouver V5K 5J7
Meet at the crossroads of Commissioner Street and New Brighton Road, beside the overflow parking lot
All rally materials will be provided on site and a media statement will be issued June 13.
Bring your flags and show your support!