Save the PNE!

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) and its over 4,200 workers and CUPE members have been left out of Canada’s economic recovery plan.

Due to the PNE’s affiliation to the City of Vancouver it has been deemed ineligible for the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

This means:

  • 1,600 part-time workers not working;
  • 100 full-time staff laid off;
  • the annual hire of 2,500 seasonal workers on hold;
  • the jobs of 4,200 CUPE 1004 members are in danger.

Last month, CUPE and the other unions representing PNE workers sent a letter to Canada’s Cabinet Ministers, as well as Vancouver and British Columbia’s politicians, urging them to step in to save the PNE. We called on them to expand the eligibility of the CEWS to civic-affiliated organizations like the PNE and provide immediate relief to the 1,600+ workers it currently employs.

Despite the thousands of jobs at stake, they have not acted on these suggestions.

CUPE 1004 is launching a campaign to Save the PNE.

Please visit today and send an email to urge our politicians to save the PNE and its 4,200 jobs.  Please share with your friends, family and neighbours and ask them to send a message.

Please join us in standing in solidarity with our fellow members at the PNE.  Together we can help save the PNE for future generations and help save the jobs of 4,200 workers.
In solidarity,
Andrew Ledger