CUPE 3004 ratifies new collective agreement

ELKFORD—The District of Elkford and its municipal workers, CUPE 3004 members, have reached a new four-year collective agreement. “We are pleased to announce that the both the union and the employer have ratified the new contract for Elkford’s municipal workers,” says Keith Nielson, CUPE National Representative. “It was a challenging round of negotiations, and we […]

SFU rejects chance to settle with striking support workers

CUPE 3338 members pack the plaza at SFU today (see photos) to push for meaningful negotiations. BURNABY  – A CUPE-initiated mediation aimed at getting a collective agreement for SFU’s 1,000 CUPE support workers fell apart in less than an hour today. The meeting with mediator Vince Ready ended when SFU again refused to bargain in […]

College support workers launch three days of job actions

VICTORIA – CUPE college support workers are launching three days of job actions tomorrow aimed at getting the government to sign a collective agreement.  The actions by CUPE’s 3,000 college workers will range from shutting down specific departments to demonstrations outside local MLA’s offices.  CUPE BC’s Colleges Coordinator Ian McLean says the actions are designed […]

New bargaining dates set for community health sector

VANCOUVER— The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has agreed to reconvene bargaining on December 10 in Vancouver. There will be no job action that week. If an agreement is not reached rotating strike action will continue the week of December 17. “We hope the employer brings a concrete offer to the table with a fair wage […]

Invermere Library Workers Join CUPE

INVERMERE—Library workers at the Invermere Public Library have voted unanimously in favour of joining CUPE. Nicole Pawlak, a community librarian at the Invermere Public Library, says that the five library workers are looking forward to moving ahead with this new chapter. “Library workers are front-line employees who carry out the day-to-day operations at the library,” […]

Health science professionals issue strike notice after employers pull a no-show at scheduled bargaining

VANCOUVER– Bargaining for a new contract for BC’s health science professionals was to resume yesterday for the first time since health science professionals delivered a 90 percent strike vote to support the bargaining committee’s proposals for a fair and reasonable collective agreement. Bargaining had broken off October 31. The employers’ bargaining agent, Health Employers’ Association […]

Talks resumed this week; rotating strikes continue

Vancouver- The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met in Vancouver this week, but no progress was made. The CBA and the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) are seeking additional dates. CUPE members were picketed out today by Community Health workers in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in Richmond and North Vancouver. The ongoing limited job action […]

CUPE BC endorses Michelle Laurie and Trevor Davies for BC Fed leadership

‘The best way forward for the union movement in BC’—O’Neill BURNABY— CUPE BC, BC’s largest union, with more than 85,000 members, has endorsed Michelle Laurie and Trevor Davies for President and Secretary Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour, president Barry O’Neill said today. The BC Fed holds its biannual constitutional convention next week in […]

BC Colleges out together two days for twos

Two sides to meet tomorrow COMOX—Neither snow, nor sleet nor driving rain could keep CUPE college support workers from their appointed rounds on the picket line yesterday and today across the province (See photo gallery). The two days of strike action follow two years without a contract. The campuses were virtually all shut down, with […]

CUPE paramedics honoured with Diamond Jubilee Award

OTTAWA—Nine members of the BC Ambulance Paramedics, CUPE Local 873, have been awarded with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. This prestigious award recognizes these members for the work they have done to promote the paramedics profession locally, provincially and nationally. The awards were presented yesterday (November 19) by federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and […]