February 10, 2016

VIRL workers ratify collective agreement

NANAIMO—CUPE 401 members have voted to ratify the collective agreement reached with the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) last month.  The Board ratified the agreement on January 9.  The five-year contract is retroactive from January 1, 2014 and runs to December 31, 2019.

January 5, 2016

Library workers raise awareness with ad campaign

NANAIMO – Members of the public will meet CUPE 401 members who work in libraries through an ad campaign launching today. The campaign draws attention to the public library services provided by more than 200 workers at Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL).

“Our members care about the communities they serve," said CUPE 401 President Blaine Gurrie. “This is an opportunity for the public, and the library board, to get to know them.”

December 15, 2015

VIRL library workers send message with strong strike vote

NANAIMO – CUPE Local 401 members who work at Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) have given their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in a vote that was counted on December 14.

“These workers are just asking to be treated fairly,” said CUPE 401 President Blaine Gurrie. “Hopefully the employer will rethink their demands and will instead value the important services our members provide to more than 3 dozen coastal communities.”

August 20, 2015

Front line library safety survey offers insights

BURNABY - Phase one of the CUPE BC Library Health & Safety Survey is complete and has
been very successful. With more than 500 library workers from 50 communities responding to a written survey, the results will offer significant insights into the growing challenges faced across British Columbia.

June 3, 2015

CUPE BC library worker safety survey still open

BURNABY— In mid-May, the CUPE BC Library Committee launched a survey to look at changing safety conditions for CUPE members in library workplaces across B.C.

The survey is open to all CUPE members who work in library workplaces in B.C., including public libraries, school and campus libraries. As it will remain open until June 30 all CUPE workers in library workplaces, are encouraged to take a few minutes to fill in the survey.

May 26, 2015

CUPE BC provides support, offers workshop at Library conference

VANCOUVER— CUPE BC was very pleased to once again provide support to the 2015 B.C. Library Association Conference. This year’s conference theme was Creative Communities, focusing on the power of creativity in both the library and the world around us. The conference certainly lived up to its theme, from opening keynote Vancouver musician and performer Veda Hille, to the closing by Wade Compton, local poet and writer, with many engaging and informative sessions in between.

May 21, 2015

Showing our support for B.C. libraries

CUPE BC was once again a Gold Sponsor of the President’s Reception at the BC Library Association 2015 conference. BCLA President Heather Buzzell pictured here with CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and General Vice-President Karen Ranalletta.

May 15, 2015

CUPE BC launches library worker safety survey

BURNABY—CUPE represents members who work in libraries across all sectors in B.C. In recognition of the increasing number of issues coming forward, the CUPE BC Library Committee has launched a survey to look at changing health and safety conditions for CUPE members in library workplaces across B.C.

The survey will give CUPE important information about what the health and safety issues are for CUPE’s library workers. Once the results are compiled, this will be a useful tool in advocating for improvements.

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.