Okanagan library workers serve strike notice

KELOWNA—After more than six months of negotiations, library workers in the Okanagan have served notice of their intention to strike and plan to begin withdrawing services this week. CUPE 1123 has given 72 hour strike notice and will be in a legal strike position at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2012, unless a deal […]

“We can never stop fighting for the living”

CUPE members remember the dead and pledge to continue the fight for the living VICTORIA – Over 300 people gathered Saturday morning to honour the 142 workers in BC who died at work and the thousands more who were injured in 2011. CUPE 50, CUPE BC and the Victoria Labour Council organized the extremely well-attended […]

CUPE BC convention passes emergency resolution on school calendar changes

VICTORIA—In response to the introduction of Bill 36 by the BC Liberal government, delegates at CUPE BC’s 49th Annual Convention in Victoria passed an emergency resolution opposing the elimination of the standard school year. Delegates expressed concern that the proposed changes are more about the bottom line and budgets than quality education. CUPE members, including BC’s […]

Delegates shaken & stirred at equality forum

VICTORIA—There was laughter. There were tears. And there was a whole lotta shakin’ going on at Thursday night’s equality forum at CUPE BC’s 49th annual convention. Co-presented by the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination and the International Solidarity Committee, the equality forum featured a trio of compelling guest speakers bookended by a brief workshop in […]

City of Powell River announces dramatic cuts to municipal services

POWELL RIVER—Dramatic cuts to municipal services will affect the quality of services residents receive in Powell River, warns CUPE Local 798.  The City of Powell River recently announced their proposed 2012 budget which includes cuts that would reduce hours for transit, reduce bylaw enforcement services, cut parks and recreation services and increase water and sewer […]

CUPE BC’s 49th annual convention hits Victoria April 25-28

VICTORIA—More than 600 delegates from across the province will gather in Victoria this week at the Victoria Convention Centre for CUPE BC’s 49th annual convention starting Wednesday.  The convention kicks off Wednesday evening with an address from CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill. Additional speakers to Convention include CUPE National President Paul Moist, BC NDP Leader […]

Slow progress at community social services bargaining table

BURNABY—Progress has been frustratingly slow during the second round of contract talks this week between the multi-union bargaining committee, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), and the employer group, the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). The multi-union bargaining committee is working hard to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal, including […]

Post Secondary Employer Group Abandons Provincial Template Table Negotiations

Following more than two years of protracted negotiations, the Post Secondary Employers Association (PSEA) announced that it is abandoning the Provincial Template Table negotiations, the College and Institute Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) said today. The employer group, which represents 9 of 19 college, institute and university employers, cited the potential impact of Provincial Template […]

Honour the dead, fight for the living

CUPE BC Convention delegates to join with community members to attend National Day of Mourning event in Victoria VICTORIA— More than 600 delegates to CUPE BC’s annual convention will join CUPE Local 50 members, the Victoria Labour Council and community members on April 28, 2012 to honour the dead and fight for the living in […]

Richmond residents encouraged to drink from the tap

“Keep it Local, Keep it Public” event a success in Richmond RICHMOND—Attendees at Tuesday’s “Keep it Local, Keep it Public” event were able to enjoy delicious municipal tap water provided by Richmond’s tap water stations. Richmond’s two tap water stations, which debuted last year, provide clean, safe water from Richmond’s tap. Both stations are portable […]