8/23/07

Gov't union strike marks downtown eastside Vancouver

Garbage continues to pile up in Vancouver, and nowhere is it more apparent than the downtown eastside. Kim Kerr with the downtown eastside residents' association says the city must return to the bargaining table with CUPE.

"The downtown eastside and the alleyways are a challenge, and as I’ve mentioned before, there are no public washrooms in the downtown eastside and unfortunately in the city of Vancouver we have three thousand homeless, so we have people who live in the alleyways. It is worth, there is no doubt about that, as you would expect it to be without garbage collection." Kerr says his organization employs up to 40 Cupe 10-04 workers, but they are not city workers and are exempt from the strike.

(cknw.com)

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