OutGames 2011: CUPE members discuss LGBT issues

VANCOUVER-With thousands of visiting athletes and activists in town for the OutGames and human rights conference, members of CUPE BC’s Pink Triangle working group and other LGBT activists from CUPE took time out earlier this week to discuss issues affecting sexual minorities today. In a short series of “Pride profiles,” the members talk about issues […]

Send your best wishes to NDP Leader Jack Layton

NDP Leader Jack Layton announced today that he is taking a leave of absence to fight cancer. The NDP has set up a website for people to send Jack messages of support. Jack has successfully fought off prostate cancer already. We hope you’ll join with CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill, Secretary-Treasurer Mark Hancock and the […]

Critical time for community social services bargaining

BURNABY— With essential service levels for CUPE’s community social services throughout B.C. nearly complete, it’s more important than ever to get out and support the workers who provide these services. “Essential service levels will be concluded by the end of the month,” says CUPE’s CSS coordinator Cheryl Colborne. “They need to be finished in order […]

LAST DAY to register to vote “YES” to say NO to the HST!

As you know, BC is currently in the midst of a referendum on whether or not the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) should be extinguished. CUPE BC is campaigning for the “Yes” side, and encourages all CUPE members in BC to vote “yes” to extinguish the HST. Voting packages have been mailed out to all British […]

New BCcolleges.cupe.ca website helps members connect with community

VICTORIA—With a brand new video from CUPE 2081 members at Camosun College, CUPE has launched a new website to help connect workers in the college sector to each other and their communities. CUPE members in the B.C. colleges sector help students in British Columbia receive quality post-secondary education from application to graduation. They are behind […]

Premiers should have CETA on their agenda—CUPE BC

BURNABY- As Canada’s premiers meet in Vancouver this week, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill has a suggestion for BC Premier Christy Clark: tell British Columbians what her government is putting on the table in international trade negotiations. “It may not seem like it right now, but CETA, the trade deal Canada is negotiating with the […]

CUPE BC leaders visit locked out staff at SFU

BURNABY—As the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) lockout of CUPE Local 3338 staff entered its second week, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill and secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock met with members on the picket line Tuesday to offer support and hear their important stories. “The SFSS staff are a passionate group of professionals who care about SFU […]

REVISED Rally to support striking Finning Workers has been CANCELLED

BURNABY- At noon this Thursday, members of Local 692 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will rally downtown to demand Finning (Canada) Ltd. return to the bargaining table, and the union would appreciate the attendance and support of affiliate members of the BC Federation of Labour at the event. CUPE members […]

CETA makes the airwaves in B.C.

As CETA negotiations wrapped up in Brussels last week, news media in Canada are covering the possible ramifications of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement being negotiated between Canada and the European Union. In Victoria, host Ryan Price covered the recent round of negotiations this Friday on his CFAX 100 radio show. During the 20-minute […]

CUPE, Pitt Meadows and RCMP launch City Watch program

PITT MEADOWS- This summer Pitt Meadows residents will have 60 more sets of eyes looking out for suspicious behaviour due to training developed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and delivered by the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment.  City employees including front counter staff, bylaw officers and city works and parks crews were trained on […]