December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day: CUPE focuses on prevention and harm reduction

World AIDS Day, December 1, challenges us to renew our commitment to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, at home and globally.

Earlier this year, CUPE launched new materials, including a booklet containing CUPE’s HIV and AIDS policy. This policy seeks to ensure the full protection of all human rights and labour rights for HIV positive workers, and those working or living with people who are HIV positive. It outlines CUPE’s vision for action in solidarity with those living with HIV in Canada and around the world.

March 30, 2015

Rally to save health care on Tuesday!

BURNABY - Tomorrow, March 31st, is the first anniversary of the Conservative government’s $36 billion cut to health care transfers to the provinces. CUPE is working with allies like the Council of Canadians and the BC Health Coalition to mark that anniversary. In BC, our sisters and brothers in the HEU have taken the lead in organizing rallies across the province.

A list of these events can be found online here:

February 20, 2015

Medicare will be a top priority for federal voters: CUPE, Council of Canadians report

OTTAWA—Public health care is a priority worth fighting for—and possibly the top priority for Canadians in the upcoming federal election, concludes a report released this week by CUPE and the Council of Canadians.

The report on the joint Health Accord Campaign is the result of a 15-month consultation in 15 communities, most of them targeted ridings narrowly won by the Conservatives in 2011. The campaign featured thousands of conversations in which Canadians shared their thoughts on how to protect, strengthen and expand the country’s most cherished social program, Medicare.

October 21, 2014

Packed town hall meeting rejects Harper vision for health care

Moist, Barlow, local residents call for protection and expansion of Medicare

CAMPBELL RIVER—More than 200 people crammed into the Maritime Heritage Centre here on Monday night (October 20), as CUPE National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow led a spirited town hall meeting that called for an end to the Harper Conservative government’s gutting of public health care.

October 1, 2014

CUPE 873 releases new plan for community paramedic programs

RICHMOND—The Ambulance Paramedics of BC (CUPE 873) have released a framework document for implementing community paramedic programs in British Columbia that is aimed at making the best use of one of the largest ambulance services in the world.

April 11, 2014

Work week ruling sends community health employers back to Square 1

VANCOUVER - Employers who failed to follow a fair and negotiated process to transition employees to a 37.5 hour work week will have to start over, according to an arbitrator's ruling issued this week.

March 24, 2014

CUPE 1004 workers share their stories about work at PHS

VANCOUVER—CUPE 1004 members who work for the Portland Hotel Society have produced a short video talking about the work they do and why the vision and approach of the PHS has been so successful.

The video was produced following the announcement that PHS will be under the direction of a new board and senior management.

“CUPE members are passionate about maintaining the flexible services and the innovative model that has been developed at PHS and we wanted to share a few stories about what we do and why it matters,” said Andrew Ledger, CUPE 1004 representative.

March 20, 2014

PHS workers relieved that services are protected, concerned about future

VANCOUVER—CUPE 1004 members who work for the Portland Hotel Society received news that new management will protect services with both relief and concern today.

“CUPE members give a lot of themselves professionally and personally, and feel a deep loyalty and commitment to the PHS and to the work we do. Knowing that the services for our residents and patients will stay in place is important to us. But we feel a huge loss and there is a lot of concern about what the future holds,” said Andrew Ledger, CUPE 1004 representative.

February 3, 2014

BC community health workers ratify five-year deal

BURNABY - Members of the multi-union Community Health Bargaining Association have voted 78.7% in favour of a new collective agreement.  The five-year deal with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) expires on March 31, 2019 and covers over 15,000 workers in community health jobs across the province.  Approximately 1,000 of those workers are CUPE members.

December 23, 2013

Health science workers ratify 5 year collective agreement

BURNABY - Members of unions represented by the Health Sciences Professionals’ Bargaining Association (HSPBA) have voted to ratify an agreement with the Health Employers’ Association.  The 17,000 members of the bargaining association voted 76 percent in favour of the deal.

“CUPE members voted against this agreement,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE BC. “We remain disappointed the deal does not provide a fair wage increase. We are not at all hopeful that the so-called ‘Economic Stability Dividend’ will do anything for our members.”