VAG Board quashes motions on transparency

VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Art Gallery Board quashed two motions put forward at the Art Gallery’s Annual General Meeting last night by CUPE 15 members who belong to the Gallery. Paul Faoro, president of CUPE 15 and a member of the Art Gallery had submitted the two motions calling for transparency to the Board in mid-August. The […]

Kootenay presidents discuss bargaining, member engagement issues

CRESTON—CUPE members in the Kootenays who work in the municipal, K-12 and library sectors were the focus of a productive all-presidents meeting here on September 24. Continuing a proud tradition in the province’s southeastern corner, B.C. regional staff joined the area’s local presidents on the eve of the Kootenay District Council’s annual general meeting to […]

Word on the Street happening September 26

VANCOUVER—Word on the Street is a one-day festival that brings communities together to support literacy and the written word. This year’s event is being held on Sunday, September 26 at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central branch, Library Square and the CBC Plaza. CUPE Locals 15, 389, 391, 1004 and CUPE Metro are again sponsoring the […]

Employers drop the ball in negotiations

BURNABY— This week, the Community Social Services bargaining committee offered employers an opportunity to finally get serious about negotiations for a new collective agreement – and they promptly dropped the ball. “They just don’t get it,” says Michael Lanier, President of CUPE Local 1936 and a member of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA). “Our members need to […]

UBC locals welcome staff and students

VANCOUVER—CUPE locals at the University of British Columbia have had a busy September welcoming new and returning students and members to the campus. On September 21 CUPE locals 116, 2278 and 2950 were on hand for UBC’s 8th Annual Welcome Back Staff BBQ. The event, hosted by the UBC President’s and Human Resources Offices, welcomes […]

CUPE BC joins fight against BC Liberal tax grab

BURNABY—The BC Liberals’ Harmonized Sales Tax is a $2 billion tax shift from corporations to individuals and must be stopped before it is fully implemented or British Columbia families and individuals will be stuck with the regressive tax for at least five years, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill said today. “The vast majority of CUPE […]

Increased CPP benefits backed by 75% of British Columbians

British Columbians are firmly behind a raise in Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits for retirees, according to a recent opinion survey carried out for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Three out of four respondents would support federal and provincial governments implementing an increase in CPP benefits. Only 20 per cent would be opposed, […]

Quesnel municipal workers’ contract ratified

QUESNEL—Members of CUPE 1050, Quesnel municipal workers, have a three-year contract that was ratified by Mayor and Council yesterday. “We are pleased to be able to continue providing quality services to Quesnel residents,” said CUPE 1050 president Dan Weiman. “Despite difficult bargaining and the threat of a lockout, we reached a settlement with the help […]

Victoria university locals launch joint website

VICTORIA — CUPE locals in Victoria are raising awareness about the work that they do to support students and quality public post-secondary education. They have launched a new website – – with a series of short videos and information about a range of issues. At the University of Victoria ‘Student Day of Welcome’ on […]

From lock-out threat to ratification

QUESNEL—CUPE 1050 members ratified a mediated agreement with the City of Quesnel yesterday. Both parties have agreed not to discuss details of the agreement, pending ratification. Council was expected to ratify the agreement when they met on Tuesday but they have asked for another week. “We’re waiting for the employer to finalize the process,” says […]