Picket lines up at United Church Naramata Centre

NARAMATA- Members of CUPE 608 are on the picket lines today, following yesterday’s rejection of the employer’s final offer.  Long-term and loyal employees are on strike to say no to the United Church Centre’s proposal to contract out key service areas, including food and beverage, and grounds maintenance. Feel free to share pictures and send […]

Workers reject offer, begin full strike at United Church Naramata Centre

NARAMATA – Workers at the United Church’s Naramata Centre gave a resounding thumbs down today to a final offer from their employer. The vote required by the Labour Relations Board and requested by the employer. Following the rejection, all CUPE 608 employees will be off the job beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 15. […]

Students to pay for government failure to keep pace with rising costs

BURNABY – CUPE says that years of downloading major costs to school boards without providing funding to cover them is taking a toll on K-12 education in B.C.  “Downloading costs onto school districts is now hurting students,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “Premier Clark campaigned on a ‘families first’ platform in the last election […]

White Rock city workers to begin full strike action

WHITE ROCK – White Rock city workers will begin withdrawing services on Monday, May 12 at all city worksites. Following rotating job action over the past few weeks and an overtime ban, the union is increasing pressure on the employer to get back to the table ready to address key bargaining issues. “The union has […]

Paramedics and health care workers vote 96% for strike action

VANCOUVER – CUPE 873 ambulance paramedics voted 96 per cent in favor of strike action along with the Hospital Employees’ Union and nine other unions representing 47,000 health care workers in British Columbia.  Negotiations for a new collective agreement broke off in March and resumed yesterday with mediator Vince Ready. The last contract expired on […]

White Rock city workers to shut down public works

WHITE ROCK – Following last week’s one-day picket of City Hall and an ongoing overtime ban, White Rock workers in the public works department will be off the job on Thursday, May 8. The shutdown will affect residential, multifamily and commercial garbage and recycling collection, maintenance of the sewer system, street cleaning, and parks and […]

CUPE supports Trail Silver City Days with a free community swim

TRAIL-The Canadian Union of Public Employees invites the community to a free swim at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre on May 11 from 12 pm to 3 pm. “CUPE members who work to make the West Kootenays a wonderful place to live wanted to say thanks to our communities as part of Trail’s 2014 […]

Bargaining breaks down at United Church’s Naramata Centre

NARAMATA – Workers at the United Church’s Naramata Centre have served 72-hour strike notice to their employer following the breakdown of bargaining. CUPE National Representative Tom O’Leary said that as the United Church centre finally starts to look at how to address long-term financial challenges, employees have been treated as the problem, rather than as […]

White Rock city workers rally and strike at City Hall

WHITE ROCK–White Rock city workers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall to send a strong message to the Mayor and Council on the first-day of job action for CUPE 402-01. CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk was joined by CUPE 402 President Jeannie Kilby and CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “You need to know […]