Campbell River contract talks stall over wages

CAMPBELL RIVER – Contract talks have broken off between Campbell River and its CUPE city workers.  The mediated talks stalled this week over wages.   Despite the two sides being very close to a deal, the City is now forcing a ‘final offer vote’ directly on the local union membership.  CUPE Local 401 President Blaine Gurrie says […]

Labour Day a symbol of workers’ struggle

Let’s face it, for most people in our society, the real meaning of Labour Day has faded over the years. It’s now less about acknowledging the role workers have played in building our society, and more about the last long weekend of summer. As union members and leaders, we have an obligation to the generations […]

Local 873 welcomes 98 patient transfer drivers to CUPE

SURREY – CUPE 873 executive members along with CUPE BC Secretary Treasurer Paul Faoro and Regional Director Robin Jones met with workers from SN Transport who recently voted to become members of CUPE, to welcome them and answer their questions. Faoro, welcoming attendees on behalf of CUPE BC President Mark Hancock, told them he has […]

CISSBA endorses coordinated bargaining approach

BURNABY-The Colleges and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) met in late July and renewed its commitment to a coordinated bargaining approach despite the lack of a provincial bargaining table. The Post Secondary Employers’ Association (PSEA) advised CISSBA that there would not be a provincial table in this round of bargaining. However, because many issues […]

CUPE demands end to threats on picket line at United Church centre

NARAMATA – CUPE is “extremely troubled” by reports of a manager’s aggressive and threatening behaviour on the picket line outside the United Church’s Naramata Centre. A union tent used by striking staff was damaged during an incident Monday night. CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro said RCMP have been notified and are reportedly investigating the incident […]

Castlegar workers launch overtime ban

CASTLEGAR – Castlegar city workers have instituted a ban on overtime work in an effort to restart stalled contract talks.  CUPE Local 2262 served 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Board last Friday.  The job action follows a membership meeting of the local on Monday night.  The 34 CUPE 2262 members have been without a […]

Castlegar city workers serve first-ever strike notice

CASTLEGAR – CUPE Local 2262 city workers have filed 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Board. The 34 workers have been without a contract since February 2013. This marks the first time in 60 years that the union has been forced to a strike in its contract negotiations with the City of Castlegar. The union […]

CUPE 1004 reaches tentative deal at PNE

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 and the Pacific National Exhibition have reached a tentative three-year agreement.  The deal comes three days before the start of the annual fair.  CUPE represents 3,400 fulltime, part time and Fair-time workers at the PNE.  The tentative agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016 and includes: General wage increases […]

Castlegar workers push city for more talks

CASTLEGAR – It was standing-room only as members of CUPE 2262 filled the Castlegar City Council meeting Monday night.  Armed with Support Public Workers pins and cards, the members of the unit and supporters showed up to let the city know where they stand on contract negotiations.  CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette updated the mayor and council.  Mediated […]

CUPE to United Church: stand up for workers

BURNABY – CUPE President Paul Moist called on the United Church to “do the right thing” and negotiate with striking CUPE workers at its Naramata Centre.  The national leader of the 627,000-member Canadian Union of Public Employees rallied with dozens of strike supporters outside the United Church’s Burnaby offices Monday morning.  The 30 CUPE Local […]