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August 29, 2014

Campbell River contract talks stall over wages

CAMPBELL RIVER – Contract talks have broken off between Campbell River and its CUPE city workers.  The mediated talks stalled this week over wages.  

August 22, 2014

Local 873 welcomes 98 patient transfer drivers to CUPE

CUPE 873 welcomes new members who recently voted to join CUPE.

SURREY – CUPE 873 executive members along with CUPE BC Secretary Treasurer Paul Faoro and Regional Director Robin Jones met with workers from SN Transport who recently voted to become members of CUPE, to welcome them and answer their questions.

August 21, 2014

CUPE demands end to threats on picket line at United Church centre

NARAMATA - CUPE is “extremely troubled” by reports of a manager’s aggressive and threatening behaviour on the picket line outside the United Church’s Naramata Centre. A union tent used by striking staff was damaged during an incident Monday night.

CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro said RCMP have been notified and are reportedly investigating the incident involving a Naramata Centre manager.  “According to witnesses, verbal and physical threats were made against striking CUPE members and this is totally unacceptable,” said Faoro.

August 19, 2014

Castlegar workers launch overtime ban

CASTLEGAR – Castlegar city workers have instituted a ban on overtime work in an effort to restart stalled contract talks.  CUPE Local 2262 served 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Board last Friday. 

The job action follows a membership meeting of the local on Monday night.  The 34 CUPE 2262 members have been without a contract since February 2013. This is the first time in 60 years that the union has been forced to a strike in its contract negotiations with the City of Castlegar.

August 15, 2014

Castlegar city workers serve first-ever strike notice

CASTLEGAR – CUPE Local 2262 city workers have filed 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Board. The 34 workers have been without a contract since February 2013. This marks the first time in 60 years that the union has been forced to a strike in its contract negotiations with the City of Castlegar.

The union will be in legal strike position on Monday. A closed union meeting is scheduled for Monday night to discuss next steps. Strike action can include everything from a ban on overtime work to a full-fledged city-wide walkout. 

August 13, 2014

CUPE 1004 reaches tentative deal at PNE

CUPE 1004 PNE bargaining committee goes over final revisions to tentative deal.


VANCOUVER - CUPE 1004 and the Pacific National Exhibition have reached a tentative three-year agreement.  The deal comes three days before the start of the annual fair.  CUPE represents 3,400 fulltime, part time and Fair-time workers at the PNE. 

August 13, 2014

Castlegar workers push city for more talks

CUPE 2262 members ready to take their message to city hall.

CASTLEGAR – It was standing-room only as members of CUPE 2262 filled the Castlegar City Council meeting Monday night.  Armed with Support Public Workers pins and cards, the members of the unit and supporters showed up to let the city know where they stand on contract negotiations. 

August 12, 2014

CUPE to United Church: stand up for workers

CUPE National President Paul Moist said the United Church of Canada needs to put its stated values of social and economic justice into action when dealing with its employees.

August 8, 2014

CUPE rally Monday to target United Church in Naramata Centre strike

BURNABY – Supporters of striking CUPE members at the Naramata Centre, operated by the United Church of Canada, will rally outside the Church's offices in Burnaby Monday morning. They will be calling on the Church to stop plans to contract out local jobs at the Naramata Centre and to bargain in good faith with the Centre’s unionized staff.   

August 6, 2014

Fast action by college community saves daycare

PRINCE GEORGE – When the College of New Caledonia board announced in March that it was laying off CUPE members and closing the daycare because it “wasn’t viable”, the college community sprang into action.

“Members were concerned about their jobs, but they were more concerned about the impact on the community of losing this centre,” said CUPE 4951 president Lily Bachand,  “And that is a powerful, powerful message.”