Silver for BC’s paramedic team at the International Medical Rescue Competition

RICHMOND—Fifteen random rescue calls, including saving a heart attack victim, helping a person who had jumped from a ski lift and performing a lifesaving cricothyrotomy – all in a day’s work for BC paramedics. But this was not a regular day’s work: these spectacular interventions were made by the dedicated paramedics from CUPE Local 873 […]

Lower Mainland K-12 workers launch day of strike action

BURNABY – More than 100 members of CUPE 379 launched a day of strike actions today with a study session at their maintenance yard. They are being joined by CUPE K-12 colleagues in Vancouver, New West, Richmond, Delta and Surrey. All are activating their strike mandates, voted on after the breakdown of talks with local […]

National Aboriginal Day emphasizes reconciliation

VANCOUVER – CUPE was proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Oppenheimer Park on Friday June 21, as a major sponsor of the day’s many activities in the Downtown Eastside. Mona Woodward, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Front Door Society, was the emcee for the day. Celebrations got underway with a welcome and opening prayer […]

Western Municipal and Skilled Trades Conference a big success

VICTORIA—The Western Municipal and Skilled Trades conference was held this past week in Victoria, kicked off by an opening night keynote address from noted author Gord Hume and a reception hosted by CUPE BC. CUPE BC President Mark Hancock opened the conference with a welcome to the 300 delegates, many of whom traveled from other […]

National Aboriginal Day – Oppenheimer Park

CUPE BC and the CUPE BC Aboriginal Working Group are proud to be major sponsors of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Oppenheimer Park. Join us between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 21st  for a cultural entertainment, information booths, workshops, crafts, a kids’ area, storytelling, a tee-pee, tasty food  and much more! We […]

IKEA lockout continues—please don’t shop at either location

Nearly 350 workers at the Richmond location of IKEA have been locked out by management since May 13. The workers, members of Teamsters Local 213, are being asked to accept a two-tiered wage structure, along with substantial pay cuts. While we know that CUPE members would not cross picket lines, we also ask that you […]

White Rock enters negotiations to acquire water utility

WHITE ROCK – Edmonton’s EPCOR corporation will soon no longer own White Rock’s drinking water systems following a decision by city council to enter negotiations to acquire the utility. “This decision is based solely on what is in the best financial interest of taxpayers,” said Mayor Wayne Baldwin who announced, at the Monday June 10th […]

Tentative deal finally reached at SFU

BURNABY – Striking CUPE support workers have reached a tentative agreement with Simon Fraser University. The settlement comes after more than three years without a contract for the 1,000 members of CUPE Local 3338. The tentative agreement is a four-year, no concessions deal with two-percent wage increases in each of the final two years (the […]

Transit workers reach settlement in Victoria

VICTORIA — CUPE Local 4500 has reached a settlement between CUPE transit supervisors, Transit Communications Centre (T-Comm) workers and the provincial government. The three-year deal includes wage increases of 1.94% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, then 2% in both 2014 and 2015. The no concessions deal also includes contract language improvements for vision care. The […]

Strong support at rally for locked out NSWC employees

NORTH VANCOUVER – CUPE hosted a well attended rally Saturday (June 8) to support locked out CUPE Local 389 members at the North Shore Winter Club. Staff at the NSWC have been locked out by their employer since May 3. Supporters from all over the mainland were in attendance including  CUPE members, other union members, […]