Call for submissions: CUPE BC Communication Awards

BURNABY—Each year at Convention, CUPE BC recognizes excellence in local communications for newsletters, websites and videos. The Communication Awards offer a chance for members to show off their research, writing, design and production skills in these three media categories. To receive an award for communications excellence at the 49th CUPE BC Convention (April 25-28, 2012), […]

Tentative provincial agreement endorsed by K-12 Presidents’ Council

BURNABY—CUPE has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee after two more full days at the bargaining table on December 13 and 14. The agreement was presented to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council […]

Feds peddle P3s: Join the fight to keep water public

BURNABY—Communities across B.C. are saying no to P3 (public-private partnership) water projects, but that isn’t stopping the federal government from peddling P3 projects to municipalities. A recent study commissioned by PPP Canada recommends that the Crown corporation engage in a “public education campaign” in order to ‘correct’ any “negative perceptions in the public space”, specifically […]

BC Liberal jobs strategy to cut employment service for 14,000 DTES residents

VANCOUVER—Thanks to a short-sighted business model of the BC Liberals, a valuable service that provides job training, employment opportunities and communication resources for up to 14,000 Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents may be forced to close its doors as of March 31st. As a result of its Business Transformation Project (BTP), the Ministry of Social Development […]

CUPE reaches tentative school support staff deal

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 26,000 school support staff in British Columbia, has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association. The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee and will be recommended to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement. […]

Registration open for the 2012 Provincial Bargaining Strategies Conference

BURNABY – Registration for the upcoming CUPE BC Region Provincial Bargaining Strategies Conference is open. The Conference will be held at the Vancouver Airport Sheraton Hotel starting the evening of January 31, 2012 and continuing through February 3, 2012. It has been three years since a provincial bargaining conference has been held in BC and […]

Eleven three-year collective agreements ratified in Victoria

VICTORIA—Eleven CUPE bargaining units have ratified new three-year collective agreements with their respective employers and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA). CUPE 50, CUPE 333, CUPE 374, CUPE 410 and CUPE 1978 were all notified on December 14 that the GVLRA had voted in favour of ratifying the agreements. Included in the agreements are […]

Community social services survey seeks members’ input on bargaining issues

BURNABY—In preparation for the next round of bargaining, CUPE has launched a short survey asking members who work in community social services in B.C. about bargaining issues. The survey, which has been developed through CUPE’s CSS presidents, is based on a similar survey conducted in August 2009 in preparation for 2010 bargaining. CUPE is encouraging […]

A day to remember…and take action

BURNABY—CUPE members and staff were among the full-house crowd today for this year’s labour breakfast to commemorate the National Day of Action on Violence Against Women. The annual event, sponsored by the BC Federation of Labour, honours victims of violence against women while calling for action to prevent violence and abuse. Proceeds from this year’s […]

Petition Harper: Stop forcing communities to privatize

BURNABY- CUPE BC has launched a petition to fight back against the lack of federal funding for public infrastructure projects across Canada.  The petition calls for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the federal government to “unhook” the P3 (public private partnership) strings that are attached to the only federal infrastructure funds for communities made available, […]