CUPE 608 parks workers honoured for heroic lake rescue

PENTICTON—Four municipal workers were honoured on Thursday with a special ceremony by city council in recognition of their heroic effort two weeks ago in saving a man from drowning. On October 13, Parks maintenance worker Tony Molachyk was approached by a citizen along Lakeshore Drive at Penticton’s Okanagan Beach and told that a man swimming […]

October 26 rally to support hotel workers

VANCOUVER— HEU will co-host a Lower Mainland rally in support of hotel workers. Delegates attending HEU’s 27th biennial convention next week at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver – 1601 Bayshore Drive – will rally in support of the hotel’s workers at 5:00 p.m. on October 26. See poster here Westin Bayshore workers are represented […]

Premier’s quarter-million dollar infomercial falls flat

BURNABY—Premier Gordon Campbell’s $240,000, 23-minute primetime televised address last night shows the premier has no real understanding of why the BC Liberal government is so deeply unpopular all across the province, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill said today. “It’s almost comical to see Mr. Campbell descending to the point of trying to entice voters to […]

OH&S Conference delegates focus on respectful workplaces

VANCOUVER—Delegates focused on the theme “Respectful Workplaces – we all have a role in health and safety” at CUPE BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference held October 14 – 16 in Vancouver. Mike Jackson, chair of the OH&S Committee introduced panelists and welcomed delegates to the opening plenary session and First Nations Elder Rose Point […]


CUPE National Health Care Meeting will take place from October 20 – 22, 2010 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. CUPE Health Care members work hard to ensure the health of people in communities across Canada. Member activists, elected leaders, and staff from every region in the country will gather together to […]

Wearing purple to support LGBT youth

BURNABY—CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock and staff members at BC regional office wore purple yesterday, in honour of Tyler Clementi and other LGBT youth who have committed suicide in recent weeks and months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and schools. The case of Clementi, a Rutgers University student who took his own life […]

Memorial service for fallen Tofino paramedics set for November 6, statement from family

BURNABY—Memorial arrangements have been finalized for Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka, the two Tofino ambulance paramedics who were killed in an accident earlier this week. The memorial service will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, November 6 at Wickaninnish Community School in Tofino. Arrangements for media intending to cover the memorial will be finalized […]

School trustees should advocate for better education funding – poll

BURNABY—An Angus Reid survey shows that 75 per cent of B.C. residents believe that public education in the province is strengthened when locally elected school trustees advocate for their school districts and challenge the provincial government. The poll, commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), also finds that 85 per cent believe that […]

Budget 2011 should support the vulnerable, raise minimum wage – CUPE BC

BURNABY—An immediate increase to the lowest minimum wage in the country, a modest increase in corporate taxation, increased investment in education from Kindergarten to university, and an end to the mean-spirited program of closing group homes for the developmentally disabled. Those are just a few of the recommendations in CUPE BC’s submission to the pre-budget […]

Ambulance paramedics president’s statement on tragic accident involving paramedics

RICHMOND – CUPE Local 873 (Ambulance Paramedics) President John Strohmaier today issued the following statement upon learning of the tragic deaths of two ambulance paramedics earlier today. It is with deep sadness that I must confirm the loss in the line of duty of two paramedics during a motor vehicle crash early this morning. The […]