May 22, 2015

Getting ready for Metro bargaining

BURNABY - CUPE presidents from municipal and library locals across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley met yesterday to discuss upcoming bargaining. With most agreements expiring at the end of 2015, bargaining preparations are underway across the region. Locals shared strategy, identified key issues and discussed next steps. 

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May 21, 2015

Powell River city workers ratify new agreement

POWELL RIVER – CUPE 798 members met last night to approve a new agreement, avoiding a labour dispute and service disruption for the community.

“We have had a very tough round of bargaining and we are relieved that we have certainty and stability for the future. Members were very clear that the City’s aggressive concessions package was a deal breaker and we successfully pushed back on that package,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

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 21, 2015

CUPE 3570 calls on Board to review massive EA cuts

QUALICUM – CUPE 3570 President Lisa Paine is calling on School District #69 (Qualicum) to review budget cuts and the layoff of 16 Education Assistants (EAs).

“What will the effect be for students next September?” asks Paine.

Paine is concerned that EAs are required to take on more and more students. On any given day, an EA in a high school could be working with 10 to 12 students.  When they are not replaced, the already-heavy workload of other EAs is increased and supports for students are compromised.

May 20, 2015

CUPE 3799 ratifies collective agreement with UNBC

PRINCE GEORGE – CUPE Local 3799 ratified a collective agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia today.

“I want to commend UNBC for working collaboratively and respectfully with CUPE Local 3799,” said CUPE 3799 president Caroline Sewell. “This agreement was reached in large part because of a good working relationship between our local and UNBC.”

May 19, 2015

CUPE Local 606 calls on Board to amend budget

NANAIMO –CUPE 606 President Rob Zver today called on the School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) Board to amend its budget and properly fund education support services. Despite having a surplus of $1.7 million for 2015, the Board recently passed a budget that calls for large cuts to the facilities department including layoffs for caretakers, carpenters, electricians, maintenance and grounds workers.

May 15, 2015

Resisting homophobia, transphobia across borders

 

 

VANCOUVER-Community members including CUPE activists were treated to a unique perspective on the struggles of sexual minorities at this morning’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia breakfast.

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.

May 15, 2015

Week of Action highlights voices for childcare

VANCOUVER—The Week of Action on Childcare has raised awareness about the need for fully-funded early care and learning programs in B.C. and across Canada.

Advocates have been quoted in media reports this week saying that a provincially-sponsored program would allow more parents to work and contribute to the economy, while the Rethink Child Care campaign has produced a calculator that estimates how much parents would save if they had access to $15-a-day childcare funding.

May 14, 2015

CUPE BC donates $25,000 to Nepal earthquake relief efforts

BURNABY—British Columbia’s largest union, CUPE BC, has donated $25,000 to Oxfam Canada’s relief efforts in Nepal following the second of two deadly earthquakes that have ravaged the impoverished country.

“Delegates to our recent convention unanimously passed an emergency resolution to make this donation,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “It’s even more important that we step up given the second earthquake this week that has caused so much more devastation.”

Earlier this week, Oxfam Canada issued this statement: