UVic support workers sign tentative deal

VICTORIA—Two CUPE locals at the University of Victoria signed a tentative agreement today after more than two years at the bargaining table. The agreement, which must still be ratified by union members and by the university, is a no-concession, four-year deal with 0-0-2-2% wage increases. The zeros for the first two years reflect the BC […]

Activists develop new skills, strategies at week-long school

PARKSVILLE—This year’s Fall week-long CUPE school (October 21-26) was a big success, with 77 participants from throughout the province sharing experiences, comparing activist strategies and developing new skills through a range of contemporary union education workshops. “This was a week in which members were engaged more than ever in their workshops, and in all of […]

Vancouver Island University workers poised for job action

NANAIMO—Vancouver Island University support workers have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.  The 300-member CUPE local gave its bargaining committee an 86% strike mandate this week. CUPE 1858 president Deborah Hopper says, “we listened to the voice of our members and the message received was loud and clear – we’re tired of waiting.” The local has […]

Striking CUPE workers to shut down SFU

BURNABY—CUPE support workers at Simon Fraser University will be holding a one-day strike at the main Burnaby campus tomorrow (Thursday) from 8am-4pm.  Tomorrow’s picketing of buildings on Burnaby Mountain will be followed by a one-day walkout at the SFU Surrey campus on Friday and a shutdown of SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver on Saturday […]

Health science professionals table wage increase proposal

VANCOUVER—After more than six months of talks, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSBPA) today tabled a wage proposal in contract discussions with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). The proposal is for 2 percent wage increases effective April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013. “The wage proposal reflects the pattern of wage increases […]

Vancouver inside workers reach tentative agreement

VANCOUVER—CUPE 15 and the City of Vancouver have reached a tentative agreement for members employed by the City of Vancouver, Park Board, Ray-Cam and Britannia. CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro says that after ten months of bargaining the bargaining committee is pleased to have reached a fair, balanced and respectful agreement. “The agreement reflects both […]

Government delay puts pickets up at VCC

VANCOUVER—CUPE 4627 members put both Vancouver Community College campuses behind picket lines yesterday.  In an unusual move, the employer helped out by closing the facilities and putting up notices that there would be no classes. The faculty association is also on side. Visit the CUPE gallery for photos of CUPE 4627 members on the picket […]

UBC Teaching Assistants launch strike action

VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 2278 members hit the bricks today, picketing outside the Jack Bell building on campus at UBC.  The job action started at 3pm, when their 72-hour strike notice took effect.  The Canadian Union of Public Employees local represents 2,300 teaching assistants, tutors, markers and language assistants at the University of British Columbia.  CUPE 2278 […]

CUPE and Royal Roads sign tentative deal

VICTORIA—CUPE support workers at Royal Roads University have reached a new tentative agreement. The no-concessions, four-year deal must still be ratified by the members of CUPE 3886 and by the university administration. Highlights of the agreement: Four-year term retroactive to June 1, 2010 and in place until May 31, 2014. No wage increases in the […]

CUPE teaching assistants serve strike notice at UBC

VANCOUVER – CUPE Local 2278 at the University of British Columbia served 72-hour strike notice this afternoon. The move comes after the members of the local voted 76% in favor of strike action on Wednesday.  The union says that job action will likely start on Monday. The union has been in negotiations for more than […]