CUPE Island locals mark Miners’ Memorial Day

CUMBERLAND- CUPE Vancouver Island District Council members joined others this weekend for Miners’ Memorial Day. The annual event is at the Cumberland Cemetery which holds the grave of miner and union organizer Ginger Goodwin. The event honours Goodwin and all miners who have given their lives in the struggle to feed their families. Goodwin, who […]

Victoria named second-ever Blue Community

BURNABY – In an historic vote last week by Victoria City Council, the capital of British Columbia became Canada’s second Blue Community. The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees presented the City with a certificate which officially recognizes Blue Community status for Victoria. “City councilors faced a lot of pressure from […]

Vote YES to say NO to the HST

BURNABY – Along with all other British Columbians, CUPE members in BC will soon be receiving their mail-in ballots for the HST referendum. As we all know, the tax was brought in by the BC Liberals after the last election campaign—after campaigning on a promise to NOT bring in the HST.  As a result, delegates […]

Momentum builds for public operation of Sooke sewer services

SOOKE – Over 60 Sooke residents attended “Keep it local, keep it public”, a community screening  of a new  documentary titled Water Makes Money that chronicles Europe’s disastrous experiment with water and wastewater privatization at the hands of large corporations as well as the wave of re-municipalisation taking place as communities fight to keep control […]

Solidarity with CUPW on the Island – rally today

COURTENAY – CUPE 3479 members from North Island College joined locked out Canadian Union of Postal Workers on the picket line yesterday. Michelle Waite, president of CUPE 3479, said that the CUPW members really appreciated CUPE’s presence and enjoyed the energy of a new group on the line. “We livened up the line and the positive […]

Community Social Services – Steady progress to job action

Essential service levels to be set by July 22 BURNABY—We are making steady progress in moving towards job action following the May 30 strike vote.  Community Social Service workers are prevented from taking strike action until essential service levels have been set at every worksite across the province. For several months, your unions have been […]

Parents and staff say no to cuts for most vulnerable students

TERRACE—CUPE 2052 joined parents, teachers and other concerned citizens to call on the Board of Education to rethink unfair budget cuts that hit classrooms and students. Wilma Maier, president of CUPE 2052 representing support staff in the Coast Mountain School District, was at the meeting to send a strong message. “We know that the provincial […]

Aboriginal Day celebrations a big success

VANCOUVER – Organizers are calling National Aboriginal Day celebrations held in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park yesterday the best yet – and the second of many more to come.  This is the second year for the event and CUPE was once again a major sponsor. The five-hour celebration featured a full slate of music, dancing and singing […]

Flight attendants ‘solid’ on strike vote

VANCOUVER – CUPE 4078 members at Vancouver International Airport have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. The 225 members join more than 1,500 Air Transat flight attendants across the country in returning a 93 per cent strike mandate to their bargaining team. The vote results come after the airline workers rejected the employers’ last […]

Kids First at Aboriginal Celebration

VANCOUVER—The run up to tomorrow’s National Aboriginal Day was held Saturday at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Events centred on kids with face painting, storytelling and hoop dancing.  Visit the CUPE BC gallery for photos from Aboriginal Kids’ Day. Tomorrow the celebration continues at Oppenheimer (440 Powell Street) as one of the events taking […]