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Union won’t picket the Whitecaps’ season finale

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The Vancouver Whitecaps’ final game of the 2012 season will go ahead as planned.

The union representing stadium workers, which had put B.C. Place under strike threat for the coming weekend, issued a statement Thursday that it will not interfere in the season finale, which sees the Whitecaps face the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

“The BCGEU has no plans to set up picket lines at the Vancouver Whitecaps’ final game of the season on Saturday October 22, 2011,” reads a statement from the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. No action on the part of BCGEU members will be taken before, during or immediately after the game.

“The union issued 72-hour strike notice on Tuesday. The BCGEU and PAVCO have not been able to negotiate a collective agreement. We remain hopeful such an agreement can be reached without job action.

“The BCGEU wishes the Whitecaps all the best in their final game of the season.”

Had the strike paralyzed B.C. Place, the Whitecaps would have been hard-pressed to find a venue that could house 19,000 fans — as Empire Field is already being dismantled.

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