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March 28, 2015

Southern Railway manager’s erratic flagging at crossing raises new safety concerns: CUPE

BURNABY—A senior manager for Southern Railway was caught on video Wednesday evening allowing a vehicle to partially enter Surrey’s Scott Road crossing as a train approached, raising new concerns about safety only days after an untrained civilian was allowed to flag traffic at the same crossing.

March 26, 2015

Powell River city workers take strong strike vote

POWELL RIVER – Workers in the City of Powell River have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if they are unable to negotiate a fair settlement in the current round of bargaining.

CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen said that members received a bargaining update at a well-attended meeting on Wednesday, and then voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary. 

March 25, 2015

Union files safety complaint as Southern Railway pays untrained civilian to flag at busy crossing

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees has filed a complaint with the BC Safety Authority after managers for Southern  Railway were seen paying an untrained civilian what appears to be $5 to flag traffic at a busy railway crossing at Scott Road in Surrey late Monday afternoon.

March 23, 2015

CUPE members join White Rock protest of privatized waste collection

CUPE 402 President Jeannie Kilby and CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk with CUPE and community members at the White Rock city hall rally opposed to privatization of city services.

WHITE ROCK – CUPE members joined several hundred City of White Rock residents at city hall today protesting plans to privatize garbage collection and recycling services.

March 20, 2015

Support pours in for paramedics’ ad campaign

BURNABY – The hard-hitting BC paramedics’ advertising campaign is garnering accolades and support from across BC and around the world.  By the time you read this the social media and Google views will likely have topped five million.

The Imagine a World Without Paramedics print, radio, tv and online ads have been running for two weeks.  In that time, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC – CUPE Local 873 reports the following impressive stats just for social media coverage:

March 18, 2015

SRY Lockout Impact Survey

March 13, 2015

Transit plebiscite telephone town hall well attended

CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro listens as Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson answers a question about regional transportation and transit improvements during CUPE BC’s telephone townhall for CUPE members.

March 10, 2015

Southern Rail strikes out at Labour Board

NEW WESTMINSTER – The BC Labour Relations Board has derailed Southern Railway (SRY) from circumventing the provincial labour code. The U.S.-owned railway walked away from contract talks and locked out its 126 CUPE Local 7000 workers in January.

The LRB has now ruled that Southern unlawfully used replacement workers (scabs) when they used A&B Rail to replace switch ties on Annacis Island. Not only has Southern been ordered to cease and desist using private contractors to do union work, they have also been ordered to pay CUPE $5,000 in damages. 

March 10, 2015

White Rock residents give a thumbs down to privatized waste collection

WHITE ROCK – CUPE members in the City of White Rock have been out talking to the community about the proposed privatizing of residential garbage and recycling services, and they have heard lots of support for keeping it public.