Translink decision to eliminate TaxiSaver program postponed

VANCOUVER- At a May 2nd in-camera meeting, Translink decided to eliminate the TaxiSavers Program for seniors and people with disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area without any public consultation. Yesterday, Translink was forced to back down because of the public outcry. The TaxiSavers program permits people with disabilities and seniors to purchase taxi scripts at […]

CUPE BC Website to “go dark” on Monday

On June 4, CUPE BC will join with CUPE National and hundreds of other organizations representing millions of Canadians in BlackOutSpeakOut, a campaign to protest the Conservative government’s attack on environmental organizations and charities. As part of the campaign, we will be darkening our website,, to support the right of environmental groups to speak out, […]

Ten Percent Shift website wins international award

Informative, entertaining and easy to understand. Those are just a few of the words people have been using to describe, the website of CUPE BC’s Ten Percent Shift campaign. Now you can add “award winning” to that list. The Shift site picked up the Bronze award at the Summit Creative Awards in the category […]

BC Paramedics show off skills at International Competition

RICHMOND – A team of British Columbian paramedics are heading to the Czech Republic to compete for international glory at the annual Rallye Rejviz International Medical Rescue Competition. The event pits 140 teams from 16 countries against each other in a series of ten random emergency situations. Teams are judged on their response time, knowledge, […]

CUPE joins solidarity rally for Quebec students

VANCOUVER—CUPE members joined more than 200 supporters of public education at a rally for Quebec students yesterday. The rally was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery in solidarity with the striking students fighting tuition increases and the draconian Bill 78 against public protest. Yesterday marked the 100th day of the student strike in Quebec.  Vancouver […]

Join us for CoDev’s Annual Dinner on June 9th!

CoDevelopment Canada invites you to join us on Saturday, June 9th (doors at 5:30pm) for CoDev’s annual fundraising dinner at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St). Come celebrate 27 years of building partnerships between like-minded organizations, in Canada and Latin America, to empower women, foster Canadian-Latin American partnerships and strengthen civil society. It will be an evening of great food, […]

Strong strike votes at UBC/Uvic

VANCOUVER – CUPE Locals 116 and 2278 have secured strong strike votes from their members.  The members of local 116 voted 89 per cent in favour of a strike mandate for their bargaining team while 2278 members provided an 81 per cent vote in favour.  Outside workers at the University of Victoria, members of CUPE […]

CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Terry Allen retires

BURNABY – Longtime CUPE activist and CUPE 379 president Terry Allen is retiring after 33 years with the Burnaby School District.  He was president of CUPE 379 for the past 15 of those years after serving as a shop steward and a first vice-president. Always a champion of CUPE workers’ rights, Allen has been a […]

CUPE Members meet with Swaziland trade unionist and HIV activist

  BURNABY– In her inspiring life, trade unionist Siphiwe Hlophe has been on the frontlines of Swaziland’s labour, women’s rights and HIV movements. This week CUPE members and staff had the opportunity to meet her and learn firsthand about the grassroots struggle against HIV in Swaziland. The event was organized by CUPE BC Division, and chaired […]