CUPE workers at VCC set to strike

VANCOUVER   – CUPE support staff at Vancouver Community College are going on strike.  CUPE Local 4627 served 72-hour strike notice this morning for job action starting on Monday with a full withdrawal of services planned for Tuesday. At a union meeting last night, the members gave their union executive an overwhelming 93% strike mandate. CUPE […]

CUPE workers reject SFU ‘stall tactics’

BURNABY—Frustrated by SFU’s refusal to negotiate, the union representing clerical and other support staff is pulling out of pension discussions.  CUPE 3338 says it will no longer help the university with its ailing pension plan until it has a new collective agreement for CUPE members.  The university has placed the pension plan before contract talks […]

CUPE support workers reach deal at UNBC

PRINCE GEORGE—CUPE Local 3799 workers have a tentative new collective agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia. The deal was reached late Tuesday and must still be ratified by both sides. The no-concessions agreement includes two percent wage increases in each of the final two years. The first two years have no wage increases, […]

Two Okanagan library branches join CUPE 1123

KELOWNA—Employees at the Oliver and Kaleden Okanagan Regional Library branches have voted in favour of becoming CUPE members. Oliver workers voted in favour of joining CUPE at the end of last month while Kaleden workers took their vote last week. Library workers at both branches will join CUPE 1123, the local which currently represents frontline […]

Stalled college talks prompt strike votes

VANCOUVER—Collective bargaining between BC’s colleges sector and 3,000 CUPE support and teaching staff has been going well, there’s just one hitch – the provincial government.  And that hitch is pushing CUPE workers towards strike action.  Two and a half years after their last contract expired, local college employers and CUPE members are still waiting for […]

Surrey library workers stand strong against bullying

SURREY—CUPE members and employer representatives alike arrived at a bargaining session last Friday, Oct.19, wearing purple in support of “Spirit Day”. Denise Parks, CUPE 402-02 chairperson, says that “Spirit Day” is an important day with an important message that started in Surrey but has since spread far beyond the community.  “This day started with a […]

CUPE support workers settle at TRU

KAMLOOPS—CUPE support workers at Thompson Rivers have reached a tentative collective agreement with the university. The bargaining committee for the 700 members of CUPE Local 4879 reports that the no-concessions deal includes two percent wage increases in each of the final two years. The first two years have no wage hikes, in keeping with the […]

Community Social Services strike action a success; continues this week

Rally to be held today at Social Development Minister Moira Stillwell’s office Summary High profile targeted strike action by community social service workers took place in Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George last week, with considerable public support and excellent media coverage; Political action will take place on Tuesday October 23 starting at 10am, at Social […]

New deal for CUPE 116 workers at UBC

VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 116 and UBC have reached a tentative collective agreement. The four-year deal with 0-0-2-2% wage increases was reached late Sunday night after a marathon bargaining session that started on Friday morning with CUPE 116, the university and mediator Vince Ready. The agreement follows two weeks of escalating rotating job action by the 2,000 […]