Essential service levels set in City of White Rock negotiations

WHITE ROCK – Workers in the City of White Rock took another step toward job action today, as essential service levels in the event of a strike or lockout were finalized. Following two days of mediation on March 10 and April 1 where no resolution was found, CUPE 402-01 and the City have worked with […]

Breakfast by the numbers with Paul Moist

VANCOUVER – Close to 100 delegates attended the economic breakfast at CUPE BC Convention Friday morning.   “The Conservativesclaim Canada’s economy and job market are outperforming other major nations. If that’s true,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist, “then for whom?” He explained to delegates that for youth, and future job creation, there is no economic […]

People will create change in high stakes fight

VANCOUVER – Kathleen Monk, senior advisor from the Broadbent Institute, told delegates that we must be fearless in our fight against a well-organized and well-funded right wing that wants to reshape Canada. Monk detailed how the Harper agenda has slashed public services, dismantled environmental regulations, and picked away at Old Age Security. By changing the […]

Work week ruling sends community health employers back to Square 1

VANCOUVER – Employers who failed to follow a fair and negotiated process to transition employees to a 37.5 hour work week will have to start over, according to an arbitrator’s ruling issued this week. The 2012 – 2014 collective agreement for health science professionals, including 725 CUPE members, includes an extension of the work week to 37.5 […]

Faoro: “working together, nothing will get in our way”

VANCOUVER – In his first report to convention as CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Faoro told delegates that CUPE BC finances are on solid ground.  Faoro gave an overview of finances and talked about challenges caused by right-wing governments. He pointed to increased ferry, transit, hydro and MSP rates; rising tuition fees; and crumbling child care. […]

Moist: Our ultimate power is our solidarity

VANCOUVER – CUPE National President Paul Moist began his address to delegates at CUPE BC’s 51st annual convention with a nod to the solidarity demonstrated by CUPE across the country to members in B.C. facing very tough disputes over the past year. He acknowledged key agreements reached after difficult rounds of bargaining – in K-12 […]

New wave of new delegates lands at convention

VANCOUVER – New delegates attended a session Wednesday to learn about Rules of Order and gain a better understanding of CUPE BC’s annual convention. Paul Albrecht, regional vice president for Fraser Valley District, chaired the session.  He welcomed delegates, thanked them for “stepping up to the business of CUPE” and introduced CUPE’s Executive Board. CUPE […]

Convention to set stage for political action heading into local elections

Welcome to the Convention 2014 edition of the Public Employee. You’ll notice a new look and a new logo for our union as we close the book on our 50th anniversary and begin the second half of CUPE BC’s first century. As a union we’ve experienced tremendous growth over our first 50 years. While that […]

Fraser Valley bus drivers approve strike mandate

ABBOTSFORD — CUPE Fraser Valley bus drivers have voted 94% in favor of a strike mandate as part of the negotiating process.  The members of CUPE Local 561 gave their bargaining team the mandate at a meeting held Sunday night. The First Canada ULC employees are still in bargaining with the employer and say that the […]

CUPE Community Health, Community Social Services roll out employee programs

BURNABY –   CUPE Community Social Services (CSS) workers and Community Health workers each have negotiated employee programs that are being rolled out today. Community Social Services EIP Program The mandatory Employment Intervention Program (EIP) for CSS workers has been extended for the next five years as of today. If CUPE workers in the sector are […]