Portland Hotel Society workers lead by example

If you were a delegate to CUPE BC’s convention in April, you know all about the Portland Hotel Society and the innovative services it provides to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  And you heard from some of the CUPE 1004 members who are on the front lines, working with some of the most vulnerable people […]

PNE workers ratify new contract

VANCOUVER- CUPE 1004 members at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new three-year agreement.  Using a highly accessible online voting system managed through Simply Voting, members voted 84 per cent in favour of accepting the agreement. Highlights include: Term: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016; General wage increases of […]

CUPE BC thanks local government leaders

WHISTLER – Last night at the annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, CUPE BC hosted a reception for mayors and councillors from all over the province. Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro welcomed attendees and delivered the following remarks. Thanks for the introduction, Trevor. I’m not going to take very much of your time tonight. I […]

CUPE’s university locals call for end to funding cuts

BURNABY – CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (UCBC) has launched a new campaign to draw attention to the BC Liberals’ abysmal record on funding post-secondary education. Earlier this year, the Christy Clark government announced a three-year budget plan that will see the total operating grant for post-secondary institutions drop by almost $50 million.  By 2016, […]

Thanks for your commitment and solidarity, K-12 CUPE members

As you all know, B.C. teachers yesterday voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached earlier in the week between the BCTF and the provincial government, ending the strike that had kept schools closed for the first three weeks of the school year. Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro and I want to extend our appreciation and thanks to […]

Sechelt library workers ink four-year deal

SECHELT — CUPE 391 members working at the Sechelt Library and the Sechelt Public Library Association Board have ratified a new collective agreement. The four-year, no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.25%, 1.4%, 1.6% and 1.75% respectively.  Improvements to contract language include better bereavement leave, reduced probation time for casual and part-time employees and improvements […]

Municipal wage and salary report a shoddy, politically-motivated attack

BURNABY—A B.C. government report on wages and salaries paid by local governments—“leaked” by a right-wing special interest group that contributed to the report—represents a direct assault on the autonomy of elected municipal councils, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today. The report recommends the establishment of a provincial body to control compensation levels and conduct […]

Parksville city workers net four-year deal

PARKSVILLE – CUPE Local 401 and the City of Parksville have reached a new tentative collective agreement. The four-year contract includes wage increases totaling eight per cent over four years beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and running until Dec. 31, 2017.  The wages will be implemented by a 1-per-cent hike every January and July 1st. The […]

Victoria area workers ratify three-year deals

VICTORIA – CUPE civic workers in Greater Victoria have ratified new three-year deals.  The contracts run until Dec. 31, 2016 an includes wage increases of  1.75 per cent for the first year, one per cent in January 2015 and one per cent in July 2015, and two per cent in 2016. The final ratification votes were […]

Campbell River city workers reject ‘offer’ – call for mediation

CAMPBELL RIVER – Striking members of CUPE Local 401 have overwhelmingly rejected a ‘last offer’ from the City of Campbell River. In a BC Labour Relations Board supervised vote, the workers rejected the city’s contract terms by more than 3-to-1. Now that the City-ordered vote is out of the way, CUPE Local 401 President Blaine […]