Royal Roads Workers on Path to Job Action

VICTORIA – CUPE workers at Royals Roads University have voted 96% in favor of strike action. The strike mandate comes after more than two years without a new contract. CUPE Local 3886 president Paul Allison says the results aren’t surprising given the level of frustration among his members. “We’re tired of hearing about zeros and […]

CUPE Workers Send SFU a Message – Negotiate Now!

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY—CUPE’s 1,020 support workers at SFU have had enough. After more than two years of fruitless talks at the bargaining table, CUPE Local 3338 members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.  The 78 percent strike mandate was tallied last night after voting this week at SFU’s three campuses. The union must […]

District of Elkford municipal workers deliver strong strike mandate

ELKFORD—CUPE 3004 members in the District of Elkford have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. CUPE 3004 president Tanis Haugo reports that the strong strike mandate sends a message to the employer that employees are frustrated and aren’t feeling respected. “CUPE 3004 members have given our bargaining committee a strong and unified message to […]

CUPE 2262 members in Nelson still without a contract

NELSON – Workers at the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) continue to seek a fair and reasonable collective agreement as rotating strike action continues this week in Nelson. The goal of the job action, says CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette, is to put pressure on the Regional District while causing as little disruption as […]

Prince George core services review draft list of ‘opportunities’ released

PRINCE GEORGE—The Prince George core services review is nearing an end, and as part of its final phases KPMG has released a list of 193 ‘opportunities’ for Prince George residents to consider. The report suggests drastic changes for public service delivery in Prince George, including a reduction in fire staff, privatization of the Four Seasons […]

Monetary items remain outstanding, strike action likely

BURNABY—Strike action in Community Social Services is likely in the coming weeks, unless the government mandate regarding monetary issues changes significantly. B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong, made a pessimistic pronouncement about the state of the province’s finances last week, indicating the deficit is on the rise and costs have to be contained. In […]

Rotating Strike Action begins in Nelson

NELSON—Rotating strike action will begin this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC). After giving the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) over a week to consult with its board of directors, CUPE 2262 president, Leford Lafayette, says the employer has returned to the table with little movement in their […]

Democracy suspended in School District 79

DUNCAN—While Cowichan Valley kids are back at school, their democratically-elected school trustees aren’t.  District 79 is still being overseen by an appointed trustee after the province tossed the board out for submitting a needs-based budget in May.  The Cowichan Valley Board of School Trustees voted for a budget with a $3.7-million deficit, explaining its duty […]

CoDev to host dialogue on Colombian conflict

VANCOUVER—There are still a few seats left for this weekend’s CoDevelopment Canada event, “Land, Trade & Democracy” (Sept. 21-22), a dialogue about the Colombian conflict, Canada-Colombia relations and our role as Canadians. Register now! The event will be held on Friday from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus at Harbour Centre, […]

Ten Percent Shift launches major study of BC’s retail economy

VANCOUVER—Building on the success of its campaign to encourage individual British Columbians to support their local economies, the Ten Percent Shift has retained Civic Economics, an economic analysis and strategic planning consultancy, to conduct a study of the BC retail economy to determine the potential benefits of a ten percent shift in consumer spending to […]