Bargaining continues for Community Social Services

With some progress made at the bargaining table over the past several days, discussions between the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the CSS Employers Association continue and may go into the weekend. The CSSBA bargaining team hopes to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, including a wage increase, and continues to resist the […]

Wear Pink on February 27

BURNABY—CUPE members across BC are encouraged to wear pink tomorrow, February 27, in support of National Anti-Bullying Day. By wearing pink, CUPE members will take a stand against bullying and bring awareness to this serious problem in schools, workplaces, and communities. “Each year this event has grown and more and more members have participated,” says […]

Tentative deal reached at VCC

VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 4627 and Vancouver Community College have finally reached a tentative new collective agreement after 15 months of bargaining. The tentative contract reached this afternoon is for a four-year no-concessions deal with a 4% wage increase (1-1-1-1%) over the final two years. (There were no wage increases for the first two years under the […]

‘Stroller Derby’ planned for Christy Clark’s office

Event marking International Women’s Day to call on premier to bring in child care plan VANCOUVER—Mothers and toddlers from throughout the Lower Mainland are expected to converge on Christy Clark’s MLA constituency office on the morning after International Women’s Day, in a call for B.C.’s premier to introduce a $10 a day childcare plan long […]

Strong presence for CUPE at blindness/low vision forum

NEW WESTMINSTER—CUPE made its presence known at a unique weekend forum aimed at raising awareness about and improving the lives of people with blindness and low vision. The five-hour forum, “Seeing Things Differently: Living with Low Vision,” drew 200 participants to Century House for an event that also featured 25 information booths from various organizations. […]

CUPE BC joins with Steelworkers and COPE 378 to support workers’ rights in Mexico

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC executive board members joined members of other unions on Thursday, February 21 at a rally outside the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver to support exiled Mexican union leader Napoleon Gomez. Prior to the rally, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill joined United Steelworkers Western Canadian Director Steve Hunt, COPE 378 Vice President Gwynne Farrell and […]

Less staff means less service on Skytrain

BURNABY—CUPE 7000 (BC Rapid Transit, Skytrain workers) has launched an awareness campaign about the impact of recent significant layoffs in the IT department. Members are wearing buttons that say “Less staff, less service” to emphasize critical shortages in scheduling and maintenance, among other areas. CUPE 7000 president Bill Magri says the planned reduction of important […]

First-ever Local Economy Summit a big success

VANCOUVER—If British Columbians all shifted their household spending by ten percent toward “local first,” BC would see 31,000 net new jobs and $940 million in new wages. That’s the most significant finding announced at last week’s Local Economy Summit, presented by CUPE BC’s Ten Percent Shift campaign. The findings are included in “Independent BC,” an […]

Solid Support for Respect in Langley K-12

LANGLEY—The executive of CUPE Local 1260 (Langley K-12 support staff/education workers) recently launched an idea they call their Respect Initiative.  CUPE 1260 shop steward Marnie Wilson describes the concept as “getting our members more involved in volunteering in the community and earning the respect of the public.” Marnie says the local decided it needed a logo that […]

Election budget ‘balanced’ on backs of working families, students—CUPE BC

VICTORIA—The BC Liberal government’s final budget is nothing more than political posturing in advance of the May provincial election, CUPE BC Secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock said today. “Once again we see the BC Liberals playing fast and loose with the numbers—and the truth,” said Hancock. “Finance Minister Mike de Jong claims to have balanced the budget […]