Still time to vote Yes! CSS Strike Vote continues next week

VANCOUVER – There is still time to vote yes for a fair and reasonable deal for the Community Social Service sector. It’s time to stand up for an agreement that includes better wages and benefits, job security, improved reimbursable expenses and restored sick leave. There is one more chance to vote in Vancouver on July […]

Comox Town Council Proclaims June 23 Communities Day

COMOX—CUPE 556, municipal workers in Comox, celebrated this year’s Communities Day last Saturday, by sponsoring a free family swim at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre. Comox Town Council adopted a resolution last week to support June 23 as Communities Day. “Communities Day is about celebrating public services and the men and women who provide them […]

Nanaimo becomes newest “Blue Community”

NANAIMO—Nanaimo City Council on Monday made Nanaimo the fourth “Blue Community” in BC by approving three key resolutions. “CUPE BC would like to congratulate the Mayor and Council in Nanaimo for making the important decision to support public water by becoming a Blue Community,” said CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill. “As a long-time resident of […]

CUPE Island locals take part in Miners’ Memorial

CUMBERLAND—CUPE members on Vancouver Island attended Cumberland’s annual Miners’ Memorial this past weekend. The event honours miner and union organizer Ginger Goodwin along with all miners who have given their lives in the struggle to feed their families. Goodwin, who led the strike for the eight hour day at the Trail lead/zinc mine in 1917, […]

CLBC executive bonuses expose government’s double standard

Vote YES for a strong strike mandate VANCOUVER – The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around BC.  We all know that inflation is driving up the cost of living. The price of a litre of gas has climbed by 43 per cent […]

Library Workers conference wraps up

VANCOUVER—More than 150 library workers from across BC gathered in Vancouver last week for this year’s Library Workers Conference. Trevor Davies, Co-Chair of CUPE BC’s library committee, opened the three-day conference Thursday evening. CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill brought greetings to delegates and keynote speaker, the well known Radio and TV host and author, Vicki […]

UVic workers serve 72-hour strike notice

VICTORIA—Two CUPE locals at the University of Victoria have served 72-hour strike notice.  CUPE 917 and 951 served notice at the BC Labour Relations Board Monday after the employer balked at continuing mediated talks. The employer effectively stalled talks with all three CUPE locals at UVic Friday, saying progress was unlikely before September.  “We have […]

Cultural revival and celebration key to Aboriginal Day Festivities

VANCOUVER – CUPE proudly celebrated National Aboriginal Day as a sponsor and organizer of the annual Downtown Eastside Aboriginal Festival at Oppenheimer Park. The six hour festival featured performances from diverse Aboriginal performers, including Cree signer Art Napolean, the Vancouver Nisga’a Dance Troupe, Hobbema School of Rock and many more. There was a bannock and […]

CUPE K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee Meets

RICHMOND—The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Provincial Bargaining Committee held its first meeting Wednesday in Richmond. Regional representatives from across the province met to start the process of mapping out 2012 bargaining priorities and strategy. The meeting follows the Presidents’ Council’s notice to bargain issued last week to the BC Public School Employers Association on […]