Tentative deal in community health

VANCOUVER – A tentative agreement has been reached between the Community Bargaining Association (which includes the CUPE bargaining committee) and the Health Employers’ Association of BC. Ratification votes are expected to take place in January. Details of the tentative two-year deal, reached late Saturday, include: • Wage increases of 3% and 3% for LPNs (licensed […]

Employers scuttle chance of community social services agreement

BURNABY—Talks initiated by the Community Social Services Employer’s Association aimed at reaching an early collective agreement have ended without a deal. Union bargainers say that employers tabled what was in effect an ultimatum without seriously addressing any of the concerns brought forward by the unions through the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA). Employers offered […]

Vancouver Cathay Pacific workers join CUPE

VANCOUVER – Customer service agents working for Cathay Pacific in Vancouver will be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), following a December 15 green light from the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. These 55 newly organized workers are joining forces with 220 flight attendants in Vancouver and 140 more in Toronto within the […]

Early talks stumble in community social services sector

BURNABY—Unions in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) are concerned that an approach from employers for early talks is already stumbling, and the possibility of an early settlement may not materialize. The CSSBA responded to an employer offer to explore options that could lead to an early settlement. In the community social services sector […]

Coalition demands full funding for HIV/AIDS services

VANCOUVER—The BC Health Coalition is staging a Friday rally to demand full restoration of funding to HIV/AIDS support services and programs that are facing devastating budget cuts as a result of the Health Ministry’s plan to balance a $90 million deficit in Vancouver Coastal Health’s operating budget. The future of Community Based Health Organizations (CBHOs), […]

Community health sector bargaining underway

VANCOUVER – CUPE and other health unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are at the table this week with the Health Employers’ Association of B.C. CUPE bargaining committee member Pat Taylor said the bargaining team will be negotiating hard “for an agreement that addresses the serious issues facing community health workers in B.C., especially […]

Paramedics talks to continue

VANCOUVER —The CUPE 873 bargaining team is set to meet with representatives of the BC Ambulance Service Wednesday and Thursday. Talks for a new collective agreement started last week. Ambulance Paramedics of BC bargaining team spokesman John Horsfield said he is “cautiously optimistic” after last week’s session. “We are engaged in broad discussions of the […]

Paramedics – new talks for new deal

VANCOUVER —Representatives of the BC Ambulance Service agree with ambulance paramedics on one thing – that the provincial model is the only option for a viable and sustainable ambulance service in B.C. The shared perspective came out at the first day of contract talks held today in Vancouver for a new collective agreement between the […]

Creston Library talks bound for mediation

CRESTON – Talks are off to a shaky start for a first contract at the Creston & District Public Library. After meeting with the employer for the first time this week, CUPE National Representative Lee-Anne Halifax said the two sides appear to be “miles apart.” Halifax said the talks for a first contract were held […]

Prince George brings home the gold

PRINCE GEORGE—CUPE municipal workers are to be congratulated as Prince George was recently awarded the prestigious Gold Canada Award of Excellence Quality Award from the National Quality Institute, based in Toronto. This award is a three-year certification and Prince George has achieved Level 4. Only municipalities that have achieved Level 4 can apply for the […]