May 31, 2012

CUPE BC Website to “go dark” on Monday

On June 4, CUPE BC will join with CUPE National and hundreds of other organizations representing millions of Canadians in BlackOutSpeakOut, a campaign to protest the Conservative government’s attack on environmental organizations and charities.

As part of the campaign, we will be darkening our website,, to support the right of environmental groups to speak out, and to draw attention to the ways in which the proposed changes in the federal budget bill (Bill C-38) will weaken environmental rules and silence the voices of those who defend them.

A large number of Canadian organizations, charities, non-governmental organizations, unions and social groups have joined together to defend our rights. This attack on environmental groups is part of a concerted attack by the Harper government to silence any alternative political voices.

The Harper government has consistently acted to silence opposing voices in society – including attacks on environmental groups, charitable organizations, labour voices and our rights to collectively bargain and to pursue political advocacy.

Silence is not an option. Please join us in speaking out and demonstrating that Canadians from all walks of life will come together to defend core democratic principles.

Visit to find out how you can get involved, and join us in speaking up.



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