Two UBC locals ready for bargaining

VANCOUVER —Support workers in CUPE locals 116 and 2950 at the University of British Columbia have served notice for bargaining. The two locals represent 3,600 workers in trades, custodial, food services, clerical, library, technicians, and support workers at the Chan centre. They join university support workers in other CUPE locals across the province whose contracts […]

CUPE launches Bill 21 letter campaign

BURNABY – The CUPE national website has launched an online letter campaign in support of B.C.’s ambulance paramedics and against plans to use scabs as “volunteer paramedics” at the 2010 Games. CUPE members, family and friends are encouraged to send letters critical of the province legislating ambulance paramedics back to work and VANOC’s interference in […]

Lack of respect laid at MLA’s door

BURNABY – A lunchtime crowd of 40 people had two strong messages for Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee: negotiation is always better than legislation and ambulance response times in British Columbia are a disgrace. CUPE BC regional vice-president Colin Pawson told the crowd a story about a school district gardener who fell off a ladder. […]

Ambulance response times ‘a disgrace’

BURNABY—Ambulance wait times in British Columbia point to the critical condition of ambulance services in B.C. according to CUPE 873.  The ambulance paramedics say a lack of attention has seen the service deteriorate over the past decade.  The list below of ambulance 911 call wait times is sad proof of this. The figures come from the employer – the […]

Celebrate World Water Day 2010!

Sunday, March 21, 2-4pm Grandview Park, Commercial at Charles Vancouver VANCOUVER —Join the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians in a Toast to Public Water leading up to World Water Day on March 22. This free, outdoor all-ages event will take place in East Vancouver’s Grandview Park at Commercial and Charles. […]

Full public sewage treatment back on the table

VICTORIA—Elected councillors have voted to leave the door open for fully public sewage treatment and resource recovery in the Capital Regional District (CRD). On March 24 the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) voted on a business case to present to the B.C. government for a one-third share of capital funding for the sewage […]

March 21st is Anti-Racism Day

BURNABY—This Sunday (March 21) is the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, an occasion for people around the world to focus their attention on racism and to help promote racial harmony. This year’s Anti-Racism Day marks the 50th anniversary of the date it was chosen to commemorate: the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in […]

Public sewage treatment could be over $100 million cheaper

VICTORIA – A new report by B.C.’s most respected forensic accountant, Ron Parks, finds in favour of public operation of sewage treatment in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Parks’ review of the business case in support of provincial funding for sewage treatment finds that the assumed cost of public operation is inflated in a number […]

CUPE turns up the heat on Bill 21

VANCOUVER – CUPE members, faculty, activists and students braved the cold (for Vancouver) weather today to rally at the University of British Columbia in support of free collective bargaining. The midday rally at UBC was the latest in a series of public protests against the provincial government legislating 3,500 striking ambulance paramedics “back to work” […]

CUPE Metro IWD lunch – a community success

VANCOUVER – Service providers and women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside marked International Women’s Day on Monday this week at a lunch sponsored by CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council. The lunch was emcee’d by Sheryl Burns, vice-president of CUPE 1936, who welcomed the more than 150 women. Squamish Band Elder Barbara Charlie welcomed everyone to Lil’wat, […]