SFU Downtown behind CUPE picket lines

VANCOUVER—Members of CUPE 3338 were out in force this morning at Simon Fraser University’s downtown Vancouver campus.  Pickets were up for three hours outside the bookstore, main Harbour Centre building and SFU Woodward’s. CUPE 3338 support workers have been without a contract since 2010. The main issues are inflation protection, job security and a fair and […]

CUPE clerical workers ratify deal at UBC

VANCOUVER—The members of CUPE Local 2950 at the University of British Columbia have ratified a new collective agreement. The vote tallied this afternoon was 90% in favour of the four-year deal.  CUPE 2950 represents1,500 clerical, library and hospital staff at UBC.  They signed a tentative collective agreement last week. The deal includes wage increases of […]

Strike action in community social services starts next week

Members will be contacted directly if their workplace is a target for job action BURNABY—Targeted job action in community social services will start next week, starting with a protest at Christy Clark’s constituency office in Vancouver on October 16. The multi-union bargaining committee has not taken the decision to strike lightly, but believes that job […]

SFU Downtown to face picket lines

VANCOUVER—Frustrated by SFU’s refusal to negotiate, members of CUPE Local 3338 will set up picket lines on its downtown Vancouver campus tomorrow.  Close to 70 CUPE members at SFU Harbour Centre and SFU Woodward’s will walk off the job and picket Friday morning starting at 8:30 am. Other campus buildings will not be affected.  Job […]

A Critical Look at Core Service Reviews: The Toronto Experience

PRINCE GEORGE— More than 100 people gathered in a lecture hall at the College of New Caledonia Tuesday evening to hear about Toronto’s core service review experience.   CUPE 399 and 1048 along with the Stand Up for the North Committee and the CNC Faculty Association sponsored the event ‘A Critical Look at Core Service […]

Message to the premier: Give us a fair deal!

  Community social services workers mark first day of strike by picketing Christy Clark’s office VANCOUVER—Community social services workers kicked off their job action on Tuesday with a spirited picketing of BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in Vancouver-Point Grey. For four hours, up to 150 striking workers and their supporters from various unions […]

Community social service workers on strike

Vulnerable families last on B.C. government’s priority list BURNABY—Fifteen thousand community-based social service workers across B.C. are in a position to strike as of today, and rotating job action begins with a rally at Christy Clark’s MLA office in Kitsilano today starting at 10 a.m. “The B.C. government has put vulnerable families last on its […]

Talks, job action continue at BC universities

BURNABY—CUPE contract talks are scheduled this week at four BC universities. Dates have been set at Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria and UBC.  Job actions continue at several campuses ranging from overtime bans to picket lines.  The new bargaining dates follow job action and a tentative agreement […]

Transit supervisor cuts ‘reduce quality, public safety’

CUPE 4500 president says Coast Mountain budget strategy is undermining the service SURREY—Current media coverage surrounding the loss of 60 maintenance positions at Coast Mountain Bus Company neglects to mention the elimination of up to 17 supervisor positions that is already having a negative impact on the service, says the union representing front-line transit and […]

Ten Percent Shift tour heading to the Kootenays

BURNABY—CUPE BC’s Ten Percent Shift campaign is heading to the Kootenays next week for a series of community meetings and presentations. CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill will talk about the Ten Percent Shift and how it can help individual citizens improve their local economy. In most cases the presentations are sponsored by the local Chamber […]