Green, sustainable and growing

NORTH VANCOUVER—When CUPE 389 members at Delbrook Community Centre started composting waste from their small staff kitchen and one public kitchen last August, not only did they divert over 1000 pounds of waste from the landfill, the compost was used to grow vegetables that helped feed the hungry. The composting program was done as a […]

CUPE Cup awarded to top lifeguard team

LANGLEY– Lifeguards tested skills against other teams from B.C. at the 11th annual lifeguard competition held last Saturday, August 14. CUPE 403, Township of Langley municipal workers, were sponsors of the event that is open to lifeguards 16 years old and up from British Columbia. “We’re really proud to participate in this event,” says CUPE […]

Recall BC Legislature now, put HST before MLAs for free vote says CUPE BC

BURNABY—Today’s ruling by BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman that the anti-HST initiative petition and accompanying legislation are legal clears the way for Premier Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberal government to respect the wishes of British Columbians and recall the Legislature for a free vote on the HST, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill […]

Union welcomes mediation

QUESNEL–CUPE 1050, Quesnel municipal workers, are pleased that the City has agreed to engage the services of a mediator. The union applied for mediation on Wednesday to the Labour Relations Board and the employer has accepted. “This is a positive step forward,” says CUPE 1050 president Dan Weiman. “We are looking forward to getting back […]

CUPE and public water rock the day

VANCOUVER—Public water was a hot item at Justice Rocks open air music festival on Sunday. On one of the hottest days of summer, CUPE’s booth at Justice Rocks Music Festival was one of the most popular. Festival-goers appreciated getting stainless steel water bottles and especially being able to fill them on the spot with delicious […]

Union applies for mediation to settle dispute

VANCOUVER–The City of Quesnel was granted their request for an essential services order today by the Labour Relations Board. This moves them one step closer to their threatened lockout of municipal workers. CUPE 1050 has applied for a mediator to step in and settle the dispute. “We are so close, it’s insane that the City […]

CUPE locals sponsor Justice Rocks for third year

VANCOUVER—CUPE Locals 15, 389, 391, 1004 and Metro Vancouver, along with CUPE BC and CUPE National are co-sponsoring Justice Rocks, an open-air music festival, on Sunday, August 15, 2010. The free family-friendly event starts at 1pm and goes until 8pm in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park. Pivot Legal Society is hosting the third annual Justice Rocks music […]

CUPE members ask City to get back to the table

QUESNEL–CUPE 1050 members turned down the City of Quesnel’s final offer with a resounding ‘no’ vote. The Labour Relations Board announced the result of the vote this afternoon. “Municipal workers turned down the initial offer and instead of being willing to negotiate and work things out, the City forced a vote on the exact same […]

Queer pride parade draws 600,000

VANCOUVER—CUPE members showed up in force on August 1 for this year’s Pride parade celebrating the strength and diversity of the Lower Mainland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. This year’s theme, “Liberation,” highlighted the political struggles of the queer rights movement. The Multi-Union Pride float featured a symbolic “Oppression” cage from which parade participants […]