White Rock Residents to Review Opportunities for Accountable Public Water

WHITE ROCK – Who should be accountable for our water? A public forum beginning 7PM, Monday, June 3rd at White Rock’s First United Church will provide some answers as the City of White Rock explores opportunities for public operation of its drinking water systems, currently owned by the Edmonton based utility corporation EPCOR. Hosted by […]

Labour must be consulted on Translink’s regional transportation strategy: CUPE

More investment in local labour key to safer, more efficient service, stakeholder forum told VANCOUVER—Translink’s decision to welcome input from various stakeholders in a public dialogue is an important first step in developing a regional transportation strategy—but that consultation will prove meaningless if it does not include significant input from the employees who provide the […]

CUPE 825 members show youth what public services are all about

PORT MOODY–Local youth gathered in Port Moody last Friday (May 24) to celebrate Public Works Day, a day dedicated to showcasing how public services help to enhance communities and make them successful.  CUPE 825 members (Port Moody Civic Workers) were on hand to talk about the services they provide which include solid waste and recycling, […]

K-12 CUPE presidents talk the walk

VANCOUVER – CUPE local presidents representing  27,000 K-12 workers across BC met yesterday to discuss bargaining and possible strike action. Following the breakdown of contract talks at the provincial bargaining table, more than half the 57 CUPE K-12 locals in BC have now taken local strike votes with the rest expected to be completed by […]

Time to fight anti-gay bigotry on the web

BURNABY—Cyberbullying is the target of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia. Held on May 17 every year, the International Day Against Homophobia is a rallying event that offers a chance for people to get together, reach out to one another and raise awareness about the insidious influence of homophobia in our society. The day is […]

Need for political action and involvement continues—CUPE BC

BURNABY—The results of Tuesday’s provincial election demonstrate how important political action is, and how important for CUPE members to get involved in the political process, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro said today. “We put a tremendous amount of effort into our member-to-member campaign to support the NDP, but the re-election of […]

B.C.’s paramedics going for gold at world rescue competition

RICHMOND—A team of CUPE 873 ambulance paramedics will once again put their lifesaving skills to the test at this year’s Rallye Rejviz International Medical Rescue Competition, to be held in the Jesinek Region of the Czech Republic from May 22-26. The paramedics—Chris Naples, Kevin Lambert, and Rico Ruffy—have gone through a rigorous training regime they […]

SFU wage offer ‘insulting’

BURNABY – Hopes for long overdue progress at the bargaining table at SFU were dashed yesterday when the university offered its CUPE workers wage increases 75% less than their counterparts at other BC universities have already received. The support workers have been without a contract for more than three years. The “insulting” offer of 0.5% […]

Quilchena lockout ends after nearly 100 days

RICHMOND – Nineteen CUPE 4964 employees who work at the Quilchena Golf and Country Club will be returning to work tomorrow after being locked out by their employer for nearly 100 days. A tentative agreement was reached this morning (May 10), with the help of mediator Grant McArthur. “CUPE 4964 members are relieved that this […]

CUPE BC celebrates Asian Heritage Month

BURNABY—The members of B.C.’s diverse, vibrant and growing Asian Canadian community take pride in sharing their rich cultural heritage during the month of May. Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, and to promote their many achievements and contributions to our union and communities from coast […]