Community social services workers rally for justice

Public sector’s lowest paid employees slam BC Liberals, prepare for job action VANCOUVER—After eleven long years of BC Liberal attacks on their sector, the province’s community social services workers—including 2,500 CUPE members—have served notice that they’re mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. With an overwhelming strike mandate across the sector, […]

Job action continues as CUPE readies to celebrate 50 years at UVic

VICTORIA – Job action and picket lines will be up around UVic until Tuesday, Sept. 18, when CUPE locals 917, 951 and 4163 return to the bargaining table. The move by the university to get back for three days of talks comes after a week of escalating job actions by 917 and 951. Wrapping up […]

UVic agrees to return to bargaining table

VICTORIA—In a joint release issued today, CUPE locals at the University of Victoria and the administration have agreed to return to the bargaining table.  The joint release states that: The University of Victoria and CUPE locals 917, 951 and 4163 have agreed to return to the bargaining table next week starting Tuesday, Sept. 18. While bargaining […]

SFU Workers ready for strike vote

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY—CUPE local 3338 will hold a strike vote Sept. 25-27.  The local represents 1,200 support workers at the university’s three campuses.  The unanimous decision by the union’s executive and bargaining committee to hold the vote comes after two years of fruitless talks with the employer.  The union says the university has consistently blocked […]

CUPE@UVic Sept. 17 concert celebrates 50 years

VICTORIA—CUPE locals 917,951 and 4163 are throwing a music party for UVic’s 50th Birthday.  The show at the Farquhar Auditorium on campus will be hosted by CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill and will feature “unionmaid, hellraiser & Labour singer” Anne Feeney and legendary blues musician Jim Byrnes and his band.  The event is in support […]

TRU workers deliver strong strike mandate

KAMLOOPS—CUPE members working at Thompson Rivers University have sent a clear message to their employer – get back to the bargaining table! The members of CUPE local 4879 have voted 83 per cent in favor of strike action. More than two thirds (68 per cent) of the local’s 607 members took part in the vote. […]

CUPE 2262 members cast unanimous vote in favour of strike

NELSON— Members of CUPE 2262 (Regional District of Central Kootenay), have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action at Nelson & District Community Complex. The union sub-local, which represents 55 employees at the NDCC’s arena, swimming pool, and fitness facilities, held the strike vote on Saturday afternoon. With a majority of the membership turning out […]

Picket line forms at UVic

VICTORIA – CUPE locals 917 and 951 initiated job action this week, launching an overtime ban (917) and picketing on campus (951). The picket line of more than 150 members took place outside a facilities building on Wednesday.  The overtime ban is ongoing.  The picket line was joined by PEA workers and by BCGEU VP […]

Solidarity with Students over failing funding

BURNABY—CUPE support and teaching staff members were out in full force across the province today as students returned to university and college campuses for the Fall semester.  The CUPE locals, many of which have been in bargaining since 2010, were on hand to distribute materials and talk with students about the lack of funding for […]

UVic locals ready for action

VICTORIA–CUPE locals 917 and 951 at the University of Victoria are set to take strike action tomorrow.  Members were busy on Labour Day getting 1,000 picket signs ready. Legal job action can start at 8 am Wednesday for 1,500 university support workers, who have been in bargaining since their contract expired in 2010. The locals […]