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November 25, 2015

CUPE 3886 reaches tentative agreement with Royal Roads

VICTORIA – CUPE 3886, representing workers at Royal Roads University reached a tentative agreement late last week.

“The dedication and efforts of our bargaining committee are much appreciated,” said CUPE 3886 President Paul Allison. “We need to move away from provincial mandates that make collective bargaining so difficult.”

The agreement follows the five-year provincial mandate.

November 20, 2015

CUPE marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year on November 20 in memory of transgender persons who have lost their lives because of anti-trans violence. Started in 1998 to honour the murder of a young transgender woman in Massachusetts, the day is now marked by ceremonies in cities across Canada and around the world.

November 17, 2015

So-called ‘economic stability dividend’ amounts to pennies a day

BURNABY—Today’s announcement by the BC Liberal provincial government that public sector workers, including many CUPE members, will receive a very small pay raise next year is welcome but does very little to help workers keep pace with the cost of living, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro said today.

November 16, 2015

frontline art exhibit highlights creativity, caring of CUPE members

VANCOUVER - On Friday, November 13 CUPE locals 1004 and 1936 representing workers at the PHS Community Services Society launched a unique collaborative exhibition called frontline. Featuring the artwork of members with a focus on the work that they do in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), the exhibit demonstrates the caring and creativity of this special group of workers.

November 3, 2015

Drug users’ centre honours overdose response

CUPE 1004 award winner Vera HorsmanVANCOUVER – The Drug Users Resource Centre in the heart of the Downtown Eastside is marking 1,000 people now trained to administer lifesaving Narcan for drug overdoses.

November 2, 2015

Who let the dogs in? Surrey, that’s who

SURREY - The City of Surrey is bringing the Surrey Animal Resource Centre in-house with unionized city staff.  Surrey agreed with CUPE Local 402 that staffing the centre with CUPE workers will optimize customer service and provide excellent animal care.

November 2, 2015

CUPE BC Enviro All-Stars Contest – everyone’s a winner!

BURNABY – The winners of CUPE BC’s Environment All-Stars Contest have been selected and we can all benefit from their innovative ideas. 

The contest was open to all CUPE members in B.C. as part of an effort to highlight creative projects that support the environment. The results engage and celebrate CUPE members who have shown leadership as stewards of the environment in their lives, their workplaces, or their communities.

October 30, 2015

Pumpkin patches delight elementary students in Burnaby

CUPE 23 members with Chris Revitt and family take a well-deserved break after setting up the pumpkin patch at South Slope Elementary.

BURNABY — CUPE 23 member Chris Revitt and his family turned their enjoyment of choosing pumpkins at a pumpkin patch into a community event for neighbourhood children, who may be physically or financially unable to get to one.

October 30, 2015

New medical forms developed for Community Social Service Workers

BURNABY – Effective today, Community Social Service workers will be using a newly developed medical form for absences from work of more than five days. The new forms were developed during a three-day arbitration regarding a policy grievance filed about the appropriateness of medical leave forms in obtaining medical information from employees.

October 29, 2015

Revelstoke garbage pickup ‘win-win-win’

REVELSTOKE – Revelstoke City Council has opted to keep its curbside garbage collection in-house. The decision follows a comprehensive review of options that included various bids from three private companies.

The city agreed with the conclusions of an internal report that determined that public curbside collection is the most affordable route. The report recommended keeping the current service, which is staffed by CUPE municipal workers.