CUPE BC president welcomes ‘biggest convention ever’

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill opened the 25th annual CUPE national convention this morning on behalf of 85,000 CUPE members in British Columbia. O’Neill noted that the 2,500 convention delegates are taking part in the largest ever CUPE convention – representing 610,000 members from coast to coast to coast. On the economic downturn, O’Neill said […]

Solid Win on Solid Waste

Talking trash wins international recognition for Port Moody PORT MOODY—The return to in-house waste collection has won Port Moody a 2011 Solid Waste Association of North America Award of Excellence. The contenders were cities, towns and municipalities across North America. The bronze award for Port Moody “recognizes outstanding solid waste reduction programs,” in this case […]

Vancouver shows support for people who need it most

Vancouver City Council votes to increase transit support for Seniors and People with Disabilities BURNABY—A motion to increase support for people with disabilities and seniors was unanimously passed by Vancouver City Councilor’s at the Vancouver City Council meeting October 4, 2011. A recent report issued by Translink included an eight percent increase in support for […]

Victoria municipal workers reach tentative agreement

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 and the city of Victoria have reached a tentative agreement. Details will be released once the union, the city and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association ratify the deal. The union’s ratification vote will be held on Oct. 17. Negotiations began nearly six months ago for a contract that expired on Dec. […]

Cultus Lake Park workers ratify three-year deal

CULTUS LAKE—CUPE Local 458 workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement at Cultus Lake Park. The Park workers and the Park Board have a new deal which expires on Dec. 31, 2013.  Included in the package are wage increases of two per cent in each of the three years. The agreement also includes increased […]

New phase of Ten Percent Shift campaign off to a great start

BURNABY—CUPE BC’s Ten Percent Shift campaign began its second phase last week with a keynote address by CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill to a well-attended luncheon co-sponsored and hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the North Central Labour Council on Tuesday. Earlier, O’Neill gave Prince George-area CUPE members […]

Telephone Town Hall puts public on hold

ABBOTSFORD—The city of Abbotsford staged a telephone town hall meeting Thursday night in its bid to convince voters they should hand over their drinking water to a Public Private Partnership. At its peak, a reported 7,000 city residents tuned into the call, with about 40 questions posed.  Many of those questions focused on concerns with rising water […]

CUPE Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee

In March 2010, 8 of the 10 locals that make up CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (UCBC) served notice to bargain. The other two followed shortly thereafter. The UCBC meets regularly to remain coordinated, share progress, and monitor the status of bargaining in other education sectors and provincial unions. This coordination extends to other education […]

CUPE labour helps bring CT Scanner to Nelson

NELSON—The city of Nelson has a much needed CT Scanner and members of CUPE 339 are proud they were able to help provide this life-saving medical testing unit. The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation launched a campaign 16 months ago to raise $1.5 million for the scanner. One of the most ambitious aspects of this campaign […]

CUPE hosts provincial healthcare bargaining convention

RICHMOND—Members of local 15, 1978, 3495 and 4816 came together October 14 to discuss current issues in the healthcare field and identify CUPE’s bargaining priorities for the upcoming round of negotiations.  The morning started with a welcome from CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock. Guest speaker Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam and the Opposition Health […]