Southern Railway issues lockout notice on New Year’s Eve

BURNABY—The 126 rail yard employees who work for Southern Railway (SRY) received an unwelcome New Year’s greeting today with the company’s decision to issue 72-hour lockout notice. The lockout notice follows yesterday’s final offer vote by CUPE 7000 members which rejected SRY’s contract package by a resounding 91 percent. The company will be in a […]

Castlegar finally votes to end first-ever civic strike

CASTLEGAR – The City of Castlegar has finally ratified a new collective agreement with its civic workers – members of CUPE Local 2262.  CUPE members found out through local media that the mayor and council had voted to ratify the deal this morning, nine days after the union voted overwhelmingly to accept the collective agreement. […]

CUPE 7000 members overwhelmingly reject Southern Railway’s final offer

BURNABY—CUPE members working for Southern Railway have rejected the employer’s final offer with a 91-percent “no” vote that took place at two locations today. Of the 126 members eligible to vote, 106 voted against the package. “Today’s vote simply reinforces our members’ rejection of the employer’s unfair and unreasonable offer on November 22, when we voted […]

Castlegar city workers ratify six-year deal

CASTLEGAR – Striking Castlegar civic workers have ratified a new collective agreement. The 35 members of CUPE Local 2262 voted overwhelmingly last night to accept terms hammered out during two days of mediated talks with the City on Monday and Tuesday. The new contract must still be ratified by City Council before the employees can […]

Striking Castlegar city workers reach tentative deal

CASTLEGAR – CUPE Local 2262 civic workers and the City of Castlegar have reached a tentative new collective agreement. The deal was reached this afternoon following two days of mediated talks.  It must still be ratified by both sides. CUPE 2262 is holding a ratification meeting this evening.   The city workers have been on […]

Nanaimo city workers ratify three-year deal

NANAIMO –  CUPE Local 401 and the City of Nanaimo have reached a new three-year collective agreement.  The deal covers about 600 CUPE city workers and includes wage increases of 2% (effective Jan.1, 2014) , 2% (effective Jan.1, 2015) and 1+1%  (effective Jan.1 and July 1, 2016). CUPE 401 members voted to ratify the deal […]

City and striking Castlegar workers to meet Monday

CASTLEGAR – The City of Castlegar has agreed to return to the bargaining table with CUPE Local 2262.  The city and union are scheduled to meet for mediated talks on Monday, December 22. The move follows more than five weeks of picket lines in the first civic strike in Castlegar’s history.  No bargaining has taken […]

K-12 Clerical Report details impact of relentless budgetary pressure

BURNABY – A new report looking at office and clerical work in B.C.’s public school system offers key insight into how this important segment of CUPE’s membership has fared in the wake of a full decade of government-induced budget austerity and service cuts. The report, titled Under Duress: the intensification of clerical work in B.C.’s […]

Castlegar Support Rally draws enthusiastic crowd

CASTLEGAR – The message was loud and clear at Friday’s support rally for striking Castlegar workers – you are NOT alone. The 34 members of CUPE 2262 have been on the picket lines for more than a month and legally on strike since August. The city so far refuses to return to the bargaining table. The […]

City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

CASTLEGAR – City workers, members of CUPE Local 2262, are holding a noon hour rally today outside city hall.  The event is a show of support from other unions and the community for the workers who have been on the picket line for more than a month. CUPE Local 2262 president Leford Lafayette says it’s […]