Trevor Davies elected new general vice-president of CUPE BC

KELOWNA—Trevor Davies has been elected general vice-president of the BC division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill announced today. Davies, 28, is currently the chair of CUPE National’s Young Workers Task Force and is also general vice-president of CUPE Local 374, representing municipal workers in seven Greater Victoria communities. […]

CUPE BC opposes Enbridge tanker plans to navigate off coast

BURNABY—Citing this week’s Enbridge oil spill that has threatened a Michigan river and the earlier disaster by British Petroleum that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast, the B.C. division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees today joined First Nations and environmental groups in voicing opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. The project would involve […]

CUPE National president calls for end to human rights violations in Philippines

OTTAWA—CUPE National president Paul Moist has written to the president of the Republic of the Philippines calling for an end to human rights abuses and an end to extra-judicial killings following the shocking news that three teachers, including Mark Francisco of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), were assassinated earlier this month. Antonio Tinio, National […]

Fun on a bun

VANCOUVER – More than 300 members of CUPE 2950 were on hand at UBC today for a lunchtime local-building BBQ. The event marks the fourth annual 2950-sponsored opportunity for members to meet and mingle over a burger and salad. The members work at the University of British Columbia as clerical, secretarial, administrative, and library staff […]

Community forum for trans people and allies to be held in Vancouver

VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Trans Forum (July 23-25) is a gathering of trans people and allies to educate each other and the people they encounter in their daily lives. The forum aims to provide transition information (Canadian resources), a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore gender, and skill sharing among community members. Dances, movie nights […]

CUPE BC urges Metro to adopt more recycling, waste reduction

Union submission opposes privatized incineration option for Lower Mainland VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s submission to a Metro Vancouver consultation on the Draft Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan calls for a “zero waste” strategy for the Lower Mainland that rejects a proposed incineration plan and urges more waste reduction and recycling as key elements of a […]

CUPE supports Vancouver Island Music Festival

COURTENAY—Over 7,000 music lovers gathered in the beautiful Comox Valley this past weekend (July 11-12) to enjoy music from around the world—while heightening their eco-awareness—at the 2010 Vancouver Island Music Festival. CUPE members from across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland were among the throngs who converged on the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds to share […]

Sechelt Library workers ratify first agreement

SECHELT – CUPE 391 members from Sechelt Public Library have ratified their first collective agreement and the Library Board also ratified the agreement on Sunday. “The tone at the bargaining table was co-operative and respectful,” says Lolly Mackenzie, member of the bargaining committee. “That made it possible to come to an agreement that took both […]

Sun shines for Surrey Pride

SURREY—Hundreds turned out for this year’s Surrey Pride at Holland Park on Sunday (July 11). CUPE 391 member and pink triangle activist Peter DeGroot, who staffed a CUPE table as part of the multi-union pride presence, said the union had high visibility at this year’s event, thanks to the “great swag” provided for distribution, including […]

HSPBA tables proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care

Bargaining for a new contract for health science professionals continued this week in Richmond, with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabling a number of proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care. “As health care professionals, we are deeply concerned with maintaining our quality public health care system. We are trying to find […]