October 3, 2014

Communities lose in Okanagan Regional Library proposed cuts

KELOWNA – Looming cuts to staff and services at the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) will limit access to important community services and supports, says CUPE.

Proposed cuts, including 375 staff hours in 19 library branches across the Okanagan would not only limit library and other services and reduce the number of hours that libraries are open to the public, they would also mean that many more of the smaller branches will become one-person operations, raising serious safety concerns for staff working alone.

September 18, 2014

Sechelt library workers ink four-year deal

SECHELT — CUPE 391 members working at the Sechelt Library and the Sechelt Public Library Association Board have ratified a new collective agreement.

The four-year, no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.25%, 1.4%, 1.6% and 1.75% respectively.  Improvements to contract language include better bereavement leave, reduced probation time for casual and part-time employees and improvements to vision care and medical benefits. The new agreement is retroactive to July 1 and expires on June 30, 2018.

June 18, 2014

Gibsons library workers conclude a new agreement

GIBSONS — The Gibsons and District Public Library Board and its workers, who are members of  CUPE 391, have reached a new four-year collective agreement.

CUPE 391 members held a ratification vote on June 4, while the Library Board ratified the agreement on June 14.

April 1, 2014

CUPE BC supports library conference

BC Library Conference: CUPE BC president Mark Hancock with keynote speaker Ivan Coyote and CUPE BC Library Committee members Renee Milaney and Denise Parks.

VANCOUVER—The 2014 BC Library Association conference themed Hello,World! opened last night with a keynote speech by award-winning author and engaging storyteller Ivan Coyote.

March 26, 2013

Cheque cheers locked-out landscapers

CUPE 3966 president Barbara Wilson and locked out 4964 vice-president Mike Pavlicevic at the gates to the Quilchena Golf Course

RICHMOND – CUPE 4964 workers at the Quilchena Golf Course marked their 50th day of being locked out with a visit from Barbara Wilson, president of CUPE 3966.  Wilson was on hand first thing this morning to present the local with a donation cheque of $500.

March 11, 2013

Richmond Library Workers ratify new collective agreement

RICHMOND— Members of CUPE Local 3966, Richmond library workers, and the Richmond Public Library have ratified a new collective agreement.

“Our bargaining committee is very pleased to have reached a fair agreement which both parties view as positive for our library. This agreement provides improvements for our members but will also positively impact our community and those who depend on the important services CUPE 3966 members provide,” says Barbara Wilson, CUPE 3966 president.

March 7, 2013

CUPE 391 ratifies new collective agreement

VANCOUVER—CUPE 391 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with the Vancouver Public Library Board.

CUPE 391 voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new agreement this past Sunday (March 3) while the library board met Tuesday night (March 5) and ratified the agreement.

January 10, 2013

CUPE 825 ratifies four-year collective agreement

PORT MOODY—The City of Port Moody and members of CUPE 825, municipal and library workers, have ratified a four-year collective agreement. CUPE 825 ratified the agreement on Wednesday, January 9 and the City ratified on Tuesday, December 18.

“The collaborative relationship that has been developed between the union and employer in past years helped both parties reach a fair and equitable settlement for all stakeholders,” said CUPE 825 president Raman Braich.

December 4, 2012

Armstrong library workers vote to join CUPE

ARMSTRONG—Library workers at the Armstrong branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming the newest members of CUPE 1123 last Friday, November 30. 

Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123 president, welcomes the newest members to the growing local. In the past several months library workers in Princeton, Oliver, Keremeos, Kaleden and Hedley have all decided to join CUPE 1123. The local now represents close to 200 library workers throughout the Okanagan.

November 26, 2012

Invermere Library Workers Join CUPE

INVERMERE—Library workers at the Invermere Public Library have voted unanimously in favour of joining CUPE.

Nicole Pawlak, a community librarian at the Invermere Public Library, says that the five library workers are looking forward to moving ahead with this new chapter.

“Library workers are front-line employees who carry out the day-to-day operations at the library,” says Pawlak. “We feel that by joining CUPE we will have a stronger voice and be able to better serve our community.”