Save the PNE!

July 27, 2020

Shared on behalf of CUPE 1004.

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

Please consider posting a link to on your union’s Facebook page or other social media.

Due to the PNE’s affiliation to the City of Vancouver it has been deemed ineligible for Canada 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 union members are in danger.

The PNE might face a $52 million shortfall. This could mean closure or privatization for the PNE and Playland, and a serious negative impact on thousands of employees, many of them young workers in their first unionized job. 

CUPE 1004 is launching a campaign to Save the PNE and fight for that work.

Please visit and send an email to urge our politicians to save the PNE and its 4,200 jobs. Please share with your union members, friends, family and neighbours and ask them to send their own messages. 

CUPE 1004 thanks you for whatever solidarity you can provide for our fellow union members at the PNE.  Together we can help save the PNE for future generations and help save the jobs of 4,200 workers.

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