March is Community Social Services Awareness Month!

BURNABY—Community Social Services Awareness month is a province-wide effort to raise awareness about the vital role that community social services play in our communities – by taking the message out to communities across British Columbia. Each year throughout the month of March, CUPE and other unions representing community social services workers shine a spotlight ( […]

CUPE rallies with teachers during BCTF day of action

BURNABY—On Monday, February 27, CUPE members from across British Columbia joined with the BC Teachers’ Federation to participate in the BCTF’s day of action and show solidarity against the government’s plan to force a new contract on teachers through legislation. CUPE fully supports the BCTF and their locals in their struggle to maintain free collective […]

Wear Pink on February 29

BURNABY—CUPE BC is asking their members to wear pink tomorrow, Wednesday, February 29 and show their support for International Stop Bullying Day. CUPE members all over the country will be participating in this event and taking a stand against bullying, bringing awareness to this serious problem in schools, workplaces, and communities. CUPE BC’s executive board […]

Third week of community health bargaining

Unions seek agreement on health and safety and scheduling BURNABY—The third week of Community Health bargaining ended last week after three days of meetings between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC.  The CBA tabled proposals on occupational health and safety, which included specific proposals on aggressive behaviour, investigation of […]

Public Services threatened in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE—The Prince George Select Committee on Business gave their final report of recommendations to City Council this week. The report includes 16 suggestions for improvements on how to create a “better environment for business to grow and generate new jobs” as well as six examples of what the City is currently doing well. Ensuring […]

Health science professionals open contract negotiations February 27

VANCOUVER—Health science professionals are scheduled to begin negotiations for a new collective agreement next week. Health science professionals will be looking for strong indications early on that government and its bargaining agent, Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC), are prepared to address fundamental issues. The Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA) served notice at the […]

CSS workers asked to wear red to work as bargaining talks resume on Monday

BURNABY—Community social services workers are passionate about the people they support and the community-based services they provide. That’s why their bargaining association is asking all members in the sector to wear the colour red to work on Monday (February 27), as the unions representing B.C.’s 15,000 community social services workers return to the table to […]

BCTF Day of Action

BURNABY—On Monday, February 27, BC Teachers’ Federation members will participate in a day of action to respond to the government fact finder’s report on BCTF/BCPSEA bargaining.   The day of action will see BCTF members work bell-to-bell, and attend lunch-time school-based union meetings to review the report and plan further action. BCTF locals may also […]

Budget continues BC Liberal tradition of average citizens paying more, getting less

VICTORIA—Today’s provincial budget continues the former Campbell government’s tradition of having mid-and low-income British Columbians pay increased fees and taxes to make up for poor economic management, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill said today. “This budget is a missed opportunity yet again,” said O’Neill. “Instead of looking to innovation and new ways of doing things, […]

Progress continues on CUPE K-12 bargaining

BURNABY– In December, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 26,000 members in B.C.’s public school system, reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public School Employers’ Association. That agreement (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012) was overwhelmingly endorsed by CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council. As of February 17, 2012, 15 locals have […]