Contract ratified at Pacific Blue Cross

BURNABY—After eight months at the bargaining table, members of CUPE Local 1816 at Pacific Blue Cross have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.  The package includes reinforced language on benefits, wage increases of 1, 2, 2 and 2.5 per cent respectively and a $500 lump sum payment in the first year.  Language has been included […]


VANCOUVER- Due to the post Stanley Cup activity in downtown Vancouver last night, the planned Community Social Services Rally has been cancelled. The rally wasslated to take place this morning at 8 am outside the employers’ associationoffices at 555 Burrard Street. The rally will likely be rescheduled. cope491

O’Neill Van Sun Op-Ed: Water is a gift for all, not a commodity to be sold

BURNABY—There is a water battle boiling in British Columbia as concerned residents in the communities of Mission-Abbotsford organize to stop a proposed $300 million public-private partnership (P3) water project at Stave Lake. This weekend, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill weighed in with an opinion piece published in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun titled Water is a gift […]

Putting politics into action–CUPE BC political action conference underway

BURNABY—An enthusiastic audience of CUPE members were treated to a rousing, campaign-style speech from BC NDP leader Adrian Dix last night as CUPE BC’s 2011 political action conference opened in Burnaby.  CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill kicked off the conference, emphasizing the importance of working people–especially CUPE members–participating in the political process at all levels […]

Rally for social services

Workers call for action on community care crisis VANCOUVER – Community social services workers will take to the streets tomorrow morning to press their employers and the provincial government for a fair collective agreement. Contract talks broke off March 30. Representatives of the more than 15,000 community social service workers in 220 agencies across B.C. […]

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district brings IT services back in, saves money

MAPLE RIDGE—School District 42 (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows) will bring Information Technology (IT) services in house as part of a review of district cost saving measures. The district is finalizing its 2011-12 budget and anticipates annual savings to be about $100,000. “We are very pleased that the district is willing to look at its […]

Fair Deal Rally June 16

Community social services workers take a stand BURNABY— Community social services workers and their supporters are taking their call for a fair collective agreement into the streets of Vancouver on Thursday, June 16. The early morning rally outside the offices of the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) will draw public attention to the ongoing […]

CUPE sponsors B.C. summer music festivals

BURNABY—It’s festival season and CUPE BC and CUPE National are proud sponsors of the Vancouver Island Music Festival and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The Island festival takes place at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, July 8 – 10. CUPE sponsors the “MusicFest Living Green” initiative, which brings together the cultural and environmental community together […]

Aboriginal Days focus on respect, honour and kindness

  VANCOUVER— Preparations are well underway for two days of Aboriginal celebrations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  The event is being organized in part by Debra Merrier of the CUPE BC Aboriginal working group at Oppenheimer Park (at 440 Powell St) on Saturday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 21. This is the second year for the […]

BC NDP workers ratify new deal

BURNABY —CUPE Local 3787 members working for the BC New Democratic Party have ratified a new collective agreement. The agreement expires June 30, 2013. CUPE 3787 represents organizational, fundraising, IT and communications staff at BC NDP headquarters in Burnaby. cope491