Striking Strathcona Gardens workers got a show of support on a snowy Saturday, Jan. 8 when they were joined on the picket line by members of other local unions as well as facility users.
“Being part of the hockey community we were all sort of upset – not, upset – worried about the workers and wondering when this was all going to come to an end,” said Chantelle May, hockey mom and organizer of the rally. “It just seemed like nothing was being put into place to support the employees.
“These people are the ones that we see every day, every day with our kids multiple times a day, either hockey or swimming….So we really just wanted to promote and support them today and show them that we’re still thinking about them.”
Shelley Siemens, United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 business agent, said besides facility users, they were joined by members of the Campbell River and District teachers Association, Canadian Union of Public Employees and other local unions.
“Chantelle organized and coordinated a solidarity walk,” Siemens said. “So that’s what you’re seeing here today is different hockey leagues and unions, also, coming together to walk in solidarity on a snowy day and it doesn’t matter we are here having a great time anyways.”