Community Health collective agreement ratified

VANCOUVER—Workers in Community Health have voted 86 percent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across the board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions. The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past […]

CUPE speakers to address legislation, accommodation issues at forum for the blind

NEW WESTMINISTER—CUPE National’s Equality representative for British Columbia, Conni Kilfoil, and Ontario CUPE member and Canadian Labour Congress director Ray Smith will be among the featured speakers at a unique public forum for the blind and people with low vision, to take place here on Saturday  (February 23). Sponsored by the New Westminster Lions Club […]

Film Screening – A Long Journey Home: The Rainier Story – Highlights Need for Women’s Addiction Treatment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER – The Rio Theatre will screen the film A Long Journey Home: The Rainier Story, at 5PM on Monday, February 18th, followed by a panel discussion to raise awareness of the need for women’s addiction treatment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The panel will include former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, Chair of the […]

Longtime CUPE activist Ken Davidson passes away

BURNABY—Longtime CUPE member and CUPE BC executive board member Ken Davidson passed away this morning at his home in Gibsons. “This is a huge loss for Ken’s family, CUPE Local 1004, CUPE’s Metro District Council, CUPE BC and CUPE National, as well as for all his friends and colleagues,” said CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill. […]

Social justice and environmental films set around the world—and across the street

VANCOUVER—Activate your mind at the 12th annual World Community Film Festival at Langara College, February 15-17. B.C’.s largest social justice film festival kicks off on Friday (Feb. 15th) at 5pm with an opening lecture by noted sustainability researcher Michael Lewis, “Strengthening Resilience Close to Home.” The lecture is followed by a superb opening night double […]

CUPE locals, golf club members support locked out Quilchena workers

RICHMOND—Members of Richmond’s two civic CUPE locals and a UBC local joined an information picket today at the gates of Quilchena Golf & Country Club, which has locked out its 19 grounds employees. The golf course workers, members of CUPE 4964, were locked out on Monday after only nine days of combined bargaining and mediation—and […]

CSS unions return to bargaining table after two successful weeks of large-scale job action

After latest strike action impacting 3,900 members, employer invites CSSBA back to the table After two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer has invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining table. Last week, nearly 3,400 community living workers went on strike. The job action affected the two […]

CUPE ad highlights gov’t neglect of com soc services

BURNABY—A display ad running today in several Lower Mainland newspapers pokes fun at a provincial government website that advertises career opportunities in the public sector. On the WorkBC website, a page dedicated to community social services workers describes their occupation size as “Excellent” but salary and job stability as “Below Average” and future prospects as […]

Community living strike draws headlines, support for workers

BURNABY—A series of job actions last week by community social services workers in the community living sector garnered positive media coverage and raised much-needed public awareness about the dire consequences of a decade of government cuts and underfunding of B.C.’s community living sector. More than 200 of the striking workers, all of them CUPE or […]