April 22, 2014

CUPE members support teachers

BURNABY – The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has issued 72-hour strike notice in response to disappointing progress in their negotiations, and job action can begin tomorrow Wednesday, April 23.

“CUPE members fully support teachers in their attempts to reach a fair and reasonable settlement,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “Our members will continue to perform their regular work and will not take on any duties normally performed by teachers.”

This first stage of job action will impact the administration, not students.

April 22, 2014

CUPE reaches out to White Rock residents and businesses

WHITE ROCK – CUPE has written directly to City of White Rock residents and businesses in anticipation of possible job action.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that with essential service levels being finalized last week, the union wants to ensure that their community hears directly from them about why they are considering job action at this time.

April 14, 2014

Essential service levels set in City of White Rock negotiations

WHITE ROCK – Workers in the City of White Rock took another step toward job action today, as essential service levels in the event of a strike or lockout were finalized.

Following two days of mediation on March 10 and April 1 where no resolution was found, CUPE 402-01 and the City have worked with the assistance of the Labour Relations Board to identify services that must be continued in the event of a strike or lockout.  

April 12, 2014

Breakfast by the numbers with Paul Moist

VANCOUVER - Close to 100 delegates attended the economic breakfast at CUPE BC Convention Friday morning.   “The Conservativesclaim Canada’s economy and job market are outperforming other major nations. If that’s true,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist, “then for whom?”

He explained to delegates that for youth, and future job creation, there is no economic recovery. Youth employment is over 2 ½ times higher than the adult unemployment rate. “That is because few new jobs are being created,” said Moist. 

April 11, 2014

People will create change in high stakes fight

VANCOUVER - Kathleen Monk, senior advisor from the Broadbent Institute, told delegates that we must be fearless in our fight against a well-organized and well-funded right wing that wants to reshape Canada.

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.

April 11, 2014

Faoro: “working together, nothing will get in our way”

Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro reports to Convention.VANCOUVER - In his first report to convention as CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Faoro told delegates that CUPE BC finances are on solid ground.  Faoro gave an overview of finances and talked about challenges caused by right-wing governments. He pointed to increased ferry, transit, hydro and MSP rates; rising tuition fees; and crumbling child care.

April 10, 2014

Moist: Our ultimate power is our solidarity

VANCOUVER - CUPE National President Paul Moist began his address to delegates at CUPE BC’s 51st annual convention with a nod to the solidarity demonstrated by CUPE across the country to members in B.C. facing very tough disputes over the past year.

April 10, 2014

New wave of new delegates lands at convention

The new delegates’ seminar offered a better understanding of convention. CUPE BC President Mark Hancock had wise words for delegates: “Don’t worry if you make a mistake – we want to hear what you have to say.”

April 7, 2014

Fraser Valley bus drivers approve strike mandate

ABBOTSFORD — CUPE Fraser Valley bus drivers have voted 94% in favor of a strike mandate as part of the negotiating process.  The members of CUPE Local 561 gave their bargaining team the mandate at a meeting held Sunday night.