Pathways forced to close its doors today: Community and staff celebrate nine years in the DTES with afternoon party

VANCOUVER—This afternoon’s “Party at Pathways,” with community members and local politicians in support of Pathways Information Centre, has turned into a wake. Pathways had secured limited funding from alternative sources, was considering how to maintain services, and was hoping to celebrate this achievement. Instead, Pathways will be closing its doors at day’s end. Sadly, the […]

Qualicum Beach partners with CUPE Local 401 to make the town safer, more secure

CUPE BC’s Successful Town Watch comes to Qualicum Beach QUALICUM BEACH –The Town of Qualicum Beach, CUPE Local 401, CUPE BC and the local RCMP detachment are partnering to make the town the latest BC community to participate in the Town Watch program in which Town employees work with the RCMP to help make Qualicum […]

Grand Forks partners with CUPE Local 4728 to make town safer, more secure

CUPE BC’s successful City Watch comes to Grand Forks GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks is the latest BC community to join with CUPE in City Watch, a partnership between the local government, CUPE Local 4728, CUPE BC and the local RCMP detachment that will see Grand Forks employees work with the RCMP to help make the community […]

Collective action makes all the difference: panel discussion

RICHMOND—CUPE’s B.C. regional strategic bargaining conference got down to business Tuesday night with a lively panel discussion on approaches to public sector bargaining that featured four labour activists representing a range of public sector union experience. Ronald Boisrond, a CUPE Research rep from Quebec, kicked off the discussion by recalling the success two years ago […]

CUPE members get their hands dirty for a good cause

NANAIMO—CUPE 1858 members will join together to help clean up their neighbourhood and take part in the first “CUPE Cares” event Saturday, March 24 in Nanaimo.  40 support staff workers who work at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will meet Saturday morning to pick up garbage in the area along Nanaimo River Rd. and Harewood Mines […]

“Keep it Local, Keep it Public” event coming to Richmond

RICHMOND—CUPE, Council of Canadians and the Richmond Food Security Society will host a free screening of the film “Water Makes Money”, April 10 at the Chinese Bunkhouse (Brittania Heritage Site). This free community event focused on keeping public services public, is part of a series of “Keep it Local, Keep it Public” events that have […]

Early Childhood Educators join CUPE

SURREY —More than one hundred Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in Surrey have voted in favour of joining CUPE 402. CUPE 402 president, Laurie Larsen, welcomed the new members at the local’s most recent general membership meeting. “These workers realize the value and advantages of being represented by a union,” says Larsen. “They are now not […]

Anti-racist march celebrates diversity, condemns Harper immigration policy

VANCOUVER—CUPE activists were among the boisterous crowd that staged a highly visible march against racism on March 18, in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). On Sunday afternoon, Vancouver police halted traffic for a several-block stretch of East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive as about 300 people proceeded north from […]

CUPE Community Health website launched

BURNABY—CUPE community health workers in B.C. have launched new a website to help keep members informed during bargaining.  Members will find bargaining updates here as well as information about their current collective agreement and useful links to other websites. The address for the new site is: cope491  

Unions, employer exchange preliminary proposals during second week of CSS contract talks

BURNABY—The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) exchanged their opening proposals during the first round of contract talks, which began February 27. Over the course of the two-week bargaining session, which concluded on March 16, unions and the employer laid the groundwork for future talks with a […]