SFU agrees to return to bargaining table

BURNABY – SFU has finally agreed to return to the bargaining table with CUPE Local 3338. The two sides are scheduled to meet Monday, May 13, for the first time in close to six months.  SFU carries the dubious distinction of being the only public post-secondary institution in the province that has not signed a […]

Quilchena lockout nears day one hundred

RICHMOND – CUPE employees at Quilchena Golf and Country Club were hopeful that a deal would be reached last week during an evening bargaining session, as only two outstanding issues remained to be discussed. “We’re literally one sentence away from reaching a deal,” says CUPE National Representative Tom McKenna. “Both parties met last week and […]

Paul Faoro to host DOXA festival screening

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Paul Faoro will be the sponsor host for this Wednesday night’s screening of “We Are Wisconsin” at the 2013 DOXA documentary film festival. “We are Wisconsin” is one of the feature films for the Justice Forum at the DOXA festival, which began on May 3 and runs until Sunday, May 12. CUPE […]

BC Liberal’s comments on special needs kids ‘out of touch’—CUPE BC

BURNABY – Peace River North BC Liberal candidate (and incumbent MLA) Pat Pimm’s comment at an all-candidates debate that children with special needs are “causing the teachers extra time and trouble” and “have caused public school enrollment to decline,” are mean spirited and out of touch, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today. Hancock said calling school […]

SFU: Let them eat Cake – and they did!

 BURNABY –CUPE 3338 at Simon Fraser University marked 1,132 days without a contract today by serving cake to its members on the main Burnaby Mountain campus. The cakes read “1132 days without a contract” and “ SFU = bad faith.” One cake was delivered to SFU human resources.       Contract talks have been stalled by […]

CUPE employees at North Shore Winter Club locked out

NORTH VANCOUVER – Sixteen CUPE 389 members who work at the North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) were locked out Friday morning by the club’s management. “Friday morning CUPE employees were told to hand over their keys and leave the building. We are extremely disappointed that management has chosen to prevent the qualified, professional CUPE employees […]

Polls tightening as election nears—advance polls next week

E-11 Polls tightening as election nears—advance polls next week This is the third in a series of web stories to update you on significant developments in the BC provincial election campaign. The latest opinion polls show that the race is getting tighter as we get closer to election day—May 14. That demonstrates, again, how important […]

Squamish civic employees ratify new agreement

SQUAMISH –CUPE 2269, municipal workers in Squamish, and the District of Squamish have reached a new four-year agreement, both the union and the District have voted in favour of ratifying the agreement. “After a difficult round of negotiations we are glad to have reached a fair and reasonable agreement for our members. CUPE 2269 members […]

Quilchena lockout reaches day ninety

RICHMOND—Yesterday, Wednesday May 1, marks day ninety of the lockout at Quilchena Golf and Country Club.  The groundskeepers (who are represented by CUPE 4964) were locked out by the club’s management February 4 after only nine days of negotiations. “CUPE 4964 is disappointed that management hasn’t chosen to end this lockout. Several days have been […]

CUPE Local 825 votes to divest from RBC over temporary foreign workers issue

PORT MOODY—Last week at its Annual General Meeting, CUPE Local 825 (Port Moody Civic Workers) members voted to move their Local’s accounts and investments from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to Community Savings Credit Union. The motion was put forward in response to news that RBC is using the Temporary Foreign Worker program rather […]