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May 4, 2015

CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work tomorrow.

Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

May 4, 2015

Union hopeful that mediation will help achieve a settlement

POWELL RIVER - Powell River city workers have requested mediation in an effort to reach an agreement with the city and avoid service disruption.

“We know that the city is in good financial health and that other similar and neighbouring communities have reached agreements with their workers along the same terms that CUPE is seeking.  Given this, we are hopeful that mediation scheduled for May 14 and 15 will allow us to reach a fair agreement,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

May 2, 2015

Hancock and Faoro re-elected President, Secretary-Treasurer

New executive board elected at 52nd annual CUPE BC Convention

VANCOUVER—Delegates to CUPE BC’s 2015 Convention in Vancouver today re-elected President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro, as well as a new Executive Board.

May 2, 2015

Fighting for women’s rights--and lives—in Honduras

VANCOUVER - Convention delegates received some sobering news about Honduran workplaces and women’s rights from this year’s international solidarity speaker, who thanked CUPE BC for its support of her organization’s work.

May 2, 2015

Meet some new delegates

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May 2, 2015

CUPE BC an “exemplary” force for social justice: Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER - International human rights champion Stephen Lewis revved up delegates on Friday with a firebrand speech that, with his trademark orator’s flair, eviscerated the Harper Conservatives and praised CUPE BC for its progressive social activism on several fronts.

“I love the rambunctious crowd in this trade union crucible,” he began, describing the convention atmosphere. “If only most of Canada could see the intelligence and judgement and intensity when you are discussing important issues—it would be an elixir for the entire country.”

May 1, 2015

CUPE 7000, Southern Railway reach tentative agreement

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway, have reached a tentative agreement with the U.S.-owned company, effectively ending a lockout that began on January 5.

Details of the agreement are not being released, as members will be holding a ratification vote on Monday (May 4).

During the 114-day lockout, Southern Railway managers operated the system. The two sides returned to the bargaining table on March 30.

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May 1, 2015

“Vote for the change you believe in”— Moist

VANCOUVER - At a breakfast forum this morning, CUPE National President Paul Moist made a strong case for members to get involved in the upcoming federal election and elect a New Democrat government that supports working families. Delegates were reminded of the Harper Conservative’s abysmal record on pensions, health care, child care and workers’ rights. 

May 1, 2015

CUPE BC launches environment contest

VANCOUVER-CUPE BC has launched an Environment Allstars contest. Open to CUPE members in B.C., the contest is designed to highlight creative projects that support the environment and to engage and celebrate CUPE members who have shown leadership as stewards of the environment in their lives, their workplaces, or their communities.

April 29, 2015

K-12 Presidents’ Council to gov’t: Consult with us first!

VANCOUVER —The BC Liberal government needs to start consulting with the unionized workers who provide important services for the K-12 sector before setting the policy that directly affects it, says CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council.