Ambulance paramedics prepare for strike vote

BURNABY – CUPE 873 members are seeking a strike mandate as part of the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association. The CUPE bargaining team is calling for a strong strike vote to pressure the employer back to the table for a new contract.  Negotiations for a five-year deal with the Health Employers Association of BC stalled after more […]

Rallies sound alarm on Health Accord

BURNABY – CUPE BC joined sister unions, seniors’ groups, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Health Coalition today in protests against Ottawa’s refusal to sign a new  Health Accord. The protests are “sounding the alarm” to continue federal health care funding levels. The current Federal-Provincial Health Accord expires today after 10 years. The Accord […]

CUPE Education: Get registered for the Spring 2014 school

BURNABY – CUPE’s weeklong schools are an opportunity to spend time engaged in thought-provoking learning.  Members come away with the tools and skills to achieve their goals, both in the workplace and in their personal lives.  And the 2014 weeklong Spring school is now open for registration. This year’s school has two sets of weeklong […]

CUPE BC marches to end racial discrimination

VANCOUVER – A torrential downpour couldn’t dampen the spirits of CUPE BC’s Committee Against Racial Discrimination Saturday.  The CARD committee turned out in force to try out their new banner and join the seventh annual Vancouver March Against Racism. The march, organized by the local branch of No One is Illegal, wound its way from Victory Square […]

CUPE raises alarm on lack of Health Accord

BURNABY – CUPE BC is joining the Canadian Health Coalition in a March 31 Day of Action against devastating federal cuts to our health care system.  The Federal-Provincial Health Accord expires on March 31 and the federal government has repeatedly refused to meet with the premiers to sign a new Accord.  Instead, the Conservatives plan […]

CUPE 1004 workers share their stories about work at PHS

VANCOUVER—CUPE 1004 members who work for the Portland Hotel Society have produced a short video talking about the work they do and why the vision and approach of the PHS has been so successful. The video was produced following the announcement that PHS will be under the direction of a new board and senior management. […]

CUPE Skytrain workers vote 95% for strike mandate

BURNABY – CUPE Skytrain workers have voted 95% in favor of a strike mandate. The union says no job action will be taken before it meets with the employer next week for mediation in a last ditch effort to reach a new collective agreement. “The strike vote result shows just how frustrated our members are,” says […]

Unions rally to back striking container truckers

VANCOUVER – Hundreds of union members showed up to support striking container truck drivers in downtown Vancouver today. At a Noon rally at Canada Place, BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair chided Port Metro Vancouver for threatening to pull the licences of non-union drivers who don’t return to work right away.  About 1,600 container […]

New legislation, continued action mark World Water Day 2014

March 22 is World Water Day – and in B.C. the major event has been the introduction of the long-awaited Water Sustainability Act in the B.C. legislature on March 11. The draft legislation makes improvements, but key priorities for CUPE BC and others are missing, including enshrining a Public Trust Doctrine to ensure the protection […]

PHS workers relieved that services are protected, concerned about future

VANCOUVER—CUPE 1004 members who work for the Portland Hotel Society received news that new management will protect services with both relief and concern today. “CUPE members give a lot of themselves professionally and personally, and feel a deep loyalty and commitment to the PHS and to the work we do. Knowing that the services for […]