CUPE members vote down City’s last offer

PRINCE GEORGE – CUPE 399 and 1048 members have voted 82 percent in favour of rejecting the City’s last offer package. The vote, which was conducted by the BC Labour Relations Board, was conducted late this week and was done at the request of the City. The unofficial results were announced this afternoon and the […]

37.5-hour work week grievances to be addressed with new process

The Health Science Professionals’ Bargaining Association and the employers’ association have agreed to have arbitrator Vince Ready design and arbitrate a process to expedite 37.5-hour work week grievances. A case management meeting will be scheduled early in the new year, and it is anticipated that hearings will begin shortly thereafter. CUPE represents over 700 Health […]

CUPE Local 523 serves 72 hour strike notice for three Okanagan School Districts

OKANAGAN-72 hour strike notice has been served by CUPE Local 523 representing education workers of three Okanagan school districts. The potential job action would occur in School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen), School District 67(Okanagan Skaha), and School District 83(North Okanagan Shuswap). The CUPE Local 523 Bargaining Committee is frustrated that the employer group demanded a […]

Creston education workers rally for a fair deal

CRESTON–Dozens of education workers represented by CUPE Local 748 rallied today for a fair deal for Kootenay Schools. School District #8 (Kootenay Lake) trustees have refused to adopt a budget plan for implementing the provincial framework agreement achieved with the BC Public School Employers’ Association in October. Without a plan in place a new collective […]

City to consider expanding management, still saying no money for union employees

PRINCE GEORGE – The City of Prince George will begin its 2014 budget deliberations tonight and according to documents released by the City, salaries and benefits for Corporate Management are slated to increase by nearly 60 percent—at the same time the City is still saying there is no money for any increase for civic workers […]

Last chance to take action: Tell your MP not to gamble with passenger safety

Do you believe that it’s unacceptable to compromise safety for passengers on Canada’s airlines?  Flight attendants are first and foremost safety professionals. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has announced its intention to reduce the number of flight attendants aboard passenger aircrafts, thereby putting corporate profit ahead of passenger safety. Without any consultation, the Conservatives have opened […]

Business’ group’s claims of over taxation inaccurate, misleading

Note: This column was originally submitted to The Vancouver Sun on November 12, 2013. Nobody is crazy about paying taxes but the Canadian Federation of Independent Business makes more noise about it than most people.  Major media in BC give them a regular platform to complain that business property taxes are too high, property taxes […]

CUPE Health Care Presidents Council launches “Vote No” campaign

BURNABY—CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council is urging its members in the sector to reject the tentative agreement between the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC, and is launching a campaign to have members vote “no” in upcoming ratification votes. “We’re asking members to vote no for two main reasons: […]

Parksville School is the largest ever

BURNABY—This year’s Fall CUPE Education school was the largest group in the Parksville school history with 115 members participating in the weeklong educational. All the workshops were filled to capacity, with almost 50 percent more members than last year. “In the last couple of years, the demand for Parksville weeklong school has grown exponentially,” said Ruth […]