June 23, 2015

Langford RCMP detachment support workers join CUPE 50

VICTORIA – Support workers at the City of Langford RCMP detachment decided to become members of CUPE Local 50 at a Labour Board vote on June 15.

“We warmly welcome these members into CUPE Local 50 and look forward to working together,” said CUPE 50 President John Burrows. Burrows noted that the RCMP support workers are a great fit with the local.

CUPE 50 served notice to bargain today and will commence bargaining a first agreement on behalf of the RCMP detachment support workers with the City of Langford.

June 22, 2015

CUPE 2081 reaches tentative agreement with Camosun College

VICTORIA – CUPE 2081, representing Camosun College support staff, reached a tentative agreement last week after two and a half weeks of bargaining.

“Our bargaining committee worked hard to reach an agreement that will benefit members,” said CUPE 2081 President Tony Nelson. “I’d like to thank them for their dedication and strong efforts.”

The agreement follows the provincial mandate and addresses some issues around the pharmaceutical formulary.

June 19, 2015

CUPE 873-03 members ratify first collective agreement with SN Transport

RICHMOND—CUPE 873-03 members have ratified their first collective agreement with SN Transport, a three-year deal that includes general wage increases for each year, improvements to hours of work and leave provisions, and other benefits that were not available to members before the deal was reached.

The ratification vote was held on Thursday, with a clear majority of members supporting the tentative agreement that was reached on June 11.

June 18, 2015

CUPE 3495-17 ratifies new collective agreement with QMUNITY

VANCOUVER – CUPE Local 3495-17 and QMUNITY, a multi-purpose resource centre serving the needs of B.C.’s LGBT communities, have ratified a new collective agreement that includes improvements to overtime provisions, scheduling flexibility, and wages.

June 12, 2015

CUPE 2950 reaches tentative agreement

VANCOUVER – After seven months of bargaining, including four full days this week, CUPE 2950 reached a tentative collective agreement with UBC late last night. The term of the tentative agreement is April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019.

Contract details will be released pending ratification by members at an upcoming information and ratification vote meeting, location and date to be determined.

CUPE 2950 represents library, clerical and theatre workers at UBC.

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June 12, 2015

CUPE 873-03, SN Transport reach tentative agreement for first contract

RICHMOND—With the assistance of mediator Vince Ready, CUPE 873-03 and
SN Transport have agreed to terms for a tentative agreement.

Details of the first collective agreement for the local, reached last night after one session of mediated talks that began yesterday, will be disclosed to members at a ratification meeting scheduled for Tuesday (June 16).

June 3, 2015

HEU supports CUPE 873-03 members at Royal Columbian picket line

NEW WESTMINSTER—On the second full day of job action against SN Transport, CUPE 873-03 members were joined today by HEU members and other union supporters for a four-hour picket line held at Royal Columbian Hospital.

“HEU’s support has been tremendous. We really appreciate the solidarity shown by individual members who have come out to the picket line,” said CUPE National Representative John Strohmaier, noting that 26 HEU members showed up with placards and flags.

He also thanked members of the BC Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union and others who attended the picket line.

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.

June 2, 2015

EAs invited to participate in graduate student survey on EA and Teacher relationships

BURNABY – CUPE EAs are invited to participate in a survey by Kamelia Dousti-Stee, a Masters of Education student at Vancouver Island University, who is working on her thesis.  She is studying how teachers and educational assistants see consultation and collaboration in their everyday work.  Dousti-Stee is hoping to discover what is working and what additional supports are needed to improve and cultivate the relationship of EAs and teachers.

June 2, 2015

CUPE 873-03 members on strike

RICHMOND – CUPE 873-03 members have begun strike action at SN Transport after repeated attempts to reach a first collective agreement have failed. The union is critical of the employer for its delay tactics and unwillingness to bargain a first contract with the workers who provide patient transfer services in the Lower Mainland.