October 22 Skytrain track malfunction the result of contracting out

There were major delays caused by a failure of a critical component of the Expo Line on the morning of Tuesday, October 22. Early reports indicated that the work was done by CUPE 7000 SkyTrain staff are incorrect. No one single event can cause such a failure—there were many factors that led up to the […]

CUPE education workers in Powell River ratify collective agreement

POWELL RIVER—Education worker members of CUPE Local 476 have voted to ratify a collective agreement with School District 47 (Powell River). The 153 members include education assistants, clerical staff, trades, custodians, and bus drivers.  “Our members were relieved that strike action was not necessary and were appreciative of our efforts at the bargaining table,” said […]

Prince George facing challenges and opportunities

Since my election as your president last April, I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can out on the road across BC meeting members in the communities where they live. Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Prince George, where I met with local presidents and executives from Prince George […]

Local K-12 bargaining shows how provincial budget cuts impact students—CUPE BC

BURNABY—As CUPE’s K-12 Locals in BC begin concluding collective bargaining with school districts, the need for increased funding for public education from the BC Liberal government is becoming even clearer, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today. “Tight budgets at the school district level point to a need for funding adjustments at the provincial level,” […]

Community Social Services Workers Online Survey

To prepare for the next round of bargaining, CUPE is conducting a survey to gather feedback about how to improve your collective agreement, which expires on March 31, 2014. The survey focuses on your priorities regarding benefits, scheduling, and compensation. The confidential survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses will help shape […]

Vancouver communities suffer under more health service cuts

VANCOUVER—Layoff notices issued this week by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will result in reduced health services for children and Vancouver¹s most vulnerable, says CUPE Local 15. “Premier Christy Clark is slowly starving local health services,” said CUPE 15 president Leanne Toderian. “These needless health service reductions will haunt our communities with long-term health care […]

BC Government obliged to fund agreement with education workers – CUPE

BURNABY-CUPE Locals have begun reaching settlements with BC school boards. CUPE Local 476 in Powell River and Local 1260 in Langley concluded bargaining late last week. In the coming weeks of bargaining, CUPE Locals hope to work with school boards to ensure services for all BC students are not adversely affected, and stand together with […]

Trustee vacancy for Municipal Pension Plan

Due to a resignation from the position, CUPE BC is accepting applications from CUPE members who may be interested in serving as a Trustee for the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The MPP serves more than 280,000 active, inactive and retired members and their employers in British Columbia. Members and employers come from a variety of […]