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October 29, 2014

Kelowna city workers ratify new agreement

KELOWNA - CUPE 338 members who work for the City of Kelowna have ratified a new five-year agreement.

The previous agreement expired in December 2013 and bargaining began April 1, 2014. Following a lengthy and difficult round of bargaining that included a strong strike vote and mediation, Kelowna city workers are pleased to have stability for five years.

CUPE 338 President Lee Mossman said that the union pushed back on concessions and worked hard to achieve a solid contract.

October 29, 2014

OH&S conference focuses on psychological health in our workplaces

VANCOUVER—Members from across the province focused on the theme “Building safe psychological and physical workplaces” at CUPE BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference held October 22 – 24 in Victoria.

OH&S Committee Chair Dal Benning chaired the conference, which was opened with a blessing from First Nations Elder Butch Dick of the Songhees Nation.

October 24, 2014

Health care town hall takes aim at private clinics

COURTENAY—A town hall meeting held here earlier this week revealed a deep well of frustration and anger with the Harper Conservative government for dismantling public health care while allowing private, for-profit clinics to proliferate.

October 24, 2014

CUPE BC statement on Ebola preparedness

As everyone knows, recent weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the media’s coverage of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). While most information coming out has been based on the facts, there has also been a great deal of speculation and misinformation that can spread rapidly.

October 21, 2014

Packed town hall meeting rejects Harper vision for health care

Moist, Barlow, local residents call for protection and expansion of Medicare

CAMPBELL RIVER—More than 200 people crammed into the Maritime Heritage Centre here on Monday night (October 20), as CUPE National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow led a spirited town hall meeting that called for an end to the Harper Conservative government’s gutting of public health care.

October 17, 2014

Keep Health Care Public – Island town hall meetings next week

CAMPBELL RIVER—With Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government cutting $5 billion from health care funding to our province over the next decade, the Conservatives are taking health care in the wrong direction.

To share more information about what’s at stake, CUPE National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow will be the featured guest speakers at a pair of special public health care town hall meetings to be held on Vancouver Island early next week.

October 17, 2014

CUPE BC executive board unanimously endorses Amber Hockin for President and Aaron Ekman for Secretary-Treasurer of BC Federation of Labour

BURNABY—In advance of next month’s elections at the BC Federation of Labour convention in Vancouver, CUPE BC’s executive board has voted unanimously to endorse Amber Hockin for President and Aaron Ekman for Secretary-Treasurer.

“Our executive members know Amber Hockin very well from her work at the Pacific Region of the Canadian Labour Congress, and once they heard she’d put her name forward for President of the BC Fed there was strong support for her candidacy,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock.

October 14, 2014

Amber Hockin, Aaron Ekman launch campaign for BC Federation of Labour President, Secretary-Treasurer

VANCOUVER—Amber Hockin, a longtime activist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and currently the Pacific Region Director of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Aaron Ekman, from the BCGEU and past President of the North Central Labour Council, today launched their campaign for President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour. The Federation’s 56th Convention will be held in Vancouver November 24-28.

October 8, 2014

‘Hope in Shadows’ praised as vital source of local empowerment

Pivot Legal Society photo project builds community by helping people, says Faoro

VANCOUVER—With the launch of its 2015 calendar at a packed awards ceremony on Wednesday morning, the Pivot Legal Society (PLS) celebrated the twelfth anniversary of its Hope in Shadows project to a chorus of praise from community leaders and union sponsors, including CUPE BC.

October 6, 2014

CUPE BC bids fond farewell to retiring Kootenay activists

YEARS OF SERVICE—CUPE BC President Mark Hancock presented retirement gifts to Rocco Mastrobuono (left) and Gerry Shmon.

CASTLEGAR—CUPE BC President Mark Hancock, along with general vice-presidents Susan Blair and Ian Norton, CUPE Regional Director Robin Jones, and several staff members joined local activists on the weekend to celebrate the many contributions of retiring Kootenay District Council President Gerry Shmon.