VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The reopening of the Pacific National Expo on August 21 is a big step toward recovery, but with limited attendance capacity and fewer attractions this year, short-term financial assistance of $ 8 million is still needed. to help cover residual debt from the pandemic.
CUPE 1004 is running radio and digital announcements starting this week, to raise awareness of the PNE’s difficult financial situation after 16 months of COVID-19.
“The government of British Columbia needs to invest now to maintain the jobs and economic benefits that the PNE provides in the long term,” said CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger.
Ledger said the reopening is welcomed by members. “Our members who work at the PNE are giving their all for the reopening on August 21, but we cannot do it alone,” Ledger said. “Without help from the government, the pandemic debt is likely to increase.”
Ledger said he hopes the government will support the PNE so that it can make the most of Fair and Playland’s post-pandemic recovery. CUPE 1004 has created SaveThePNE.approx that the public ask the government of British Columbia to provide emergency funds to the PNE.
The PNE injects $ 200 million into the British Columbia economy, supports countless local businesses, and creates thousands of highly skilled jobs and youth employment. The PNE is also an important local employer, providing many residents of the Lower Continent with their first job. In addition to the economic benefits, the PNE is a beloved summer tradition in the Lower Continent, enjoyed by all ages. It has been an important part of the community for over a century.
CUPE 1004 is a multi-sectoral composite local union representing a variety of public workers, including most of the PNE employees.
Andrew Ledger, President of CUPE 1004: (604) 324-2440
CUPE National Communications Representative Janet Szliske: (604) 454-7293