CUPE 798 helps bring out the ‘Santa’ in everyone

  Food bank fundraiser nets $900, truckload of food POWELL RIVER—With donations slowing down mid-summer, the Action Centre Food Bank needed a  boost—and that’s what it got on Saturday (July 21), thanks to the “Christmas in July” fundraiser co-organized by CUPE’s municipal, regional and library workers. The event raised more than $900 and hauled in […]

UVic unions gear up for job action

VICTORIA – Support workers at the University of Victoria are preparing for possible job action.  Representatives of CUPE locals 917 and 951 say the lack of progress in contract talks is narrowing their options for a negotiated settlement and pushing them towards a strike. They add that any job action will take into consideration the […]

Community social services workers overwhelmingly endorse strike action

BURNABY—Community social services workers around the province have voted strongly in favour of job action to back their bargaining proposals.  Members in General Services have voted 85 per cent in favour of strike action. Members in Community Living Services voted 90 per cent in favour. “This sends a clear message to the provincial government that […]

CBA UPDATE: Community Health Bargaining Continues

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HEABC) continued negotiations for the renewal of the Community Health collective agreement for four days and concluded on July 12, 2012.  Talks are scheduled to continue for two weeks in Vancouver starting August 15. During the week of bargaining, the CBA and […]

Vancouver Island Water Watch raises concerns over new wastewater treatment plant

VICTORIA—Federal, provincial and regional governments have all committed to fund a $782 million secondary sewage treatment plant in the capital region. Vancouver Island Water Watch (VIWW) spokesperson Rodger Oakley said that while the group is happy this project is moving forward, they have some serious concerns about the biosolids energy centre being operated as a […]

Training cost reimbursement available for CSS workers

Apply to the joint CSS labour adjustment and education fund by Aug 29 BURNABY—If you are a CUPE community social services worker who was laid off as of April 1, 2011 or later, or have had a reduction in hours and are currently a union member covered by a CSS bargaining association collective agreement, you […]

Santa is coming to town

CUPE 798 to host “Christmas in July” fundraiser POWELL RIVER—CUPE 798 and Quality Foods are teaming up to collect donations for Powell River’s local food bank. “Christmas in July” will take place on Saturday, July 21 in the Quality Foods Parking lot and all donations collected will be given to the Powell River Action Centre […]

O’Neill to debate ICBA’s Hochstein Monday July 16 on CKNW

BURNABY—Vancouver Province columnist and CKNW guest host Michael Smyth will moderate a debate between CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill and Philip Hochstein of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association on Monday July 16 at 9 a.m. on CKNW 980’s Bill Good Show. One of the topics of the debate is Hochstein’s call for the BC […]

CUPE 873 honours NDP’s Farnworth for helping save life

Timely intervention demonstrates importance of learning CPR, paramedics say COQUITLAM—The Ambulance Paramedics of BC (CUPE 873) on Monday honoured NDP MLA Mike Farnworth and another man for their timely intervention that helped save the life of a heart attack victim in February. Farnworth, the MLA for Port Coquitlam, was one of two passersby who came […]

Okanagan Library Workers still without a contract

KELOWNA—Job action continues in the Okanagan this week, as library workers continue their strike to achieve a fair collective agreement. Van drivers will again be off the job this week, and until further notice CUPE members will not be collecting money for the sale of promotional items (book bags, t-shirts, etc.), facility and room rentals […]