CUPE National Human Rights Conference

Registration is open for the CUPE National Human Rights Conference, themed “Equality empowers us all,” to be held at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg from February 5-8, 2015. We are at a critical moment for equality and the labour movement. Though we’ve made important human rights gains over time, growing inequality, globalization, privatization and the […]

CUPE BC meets with women workers in Nicaragua, Honduras

SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS – CUPE BC general Vice-President Susan Blair recently took CUPE’s pledge of solidarity and support directly to women in Nicaragua and Honduras.  The 10 day trip, organized by Barbara Wood of CoDevelopment Canada, marked the 20th anniversary of CUPE BC’s partnership with MEC – the women’s organization of Maquila (sweatshop/factory) workers.  The delegation, […]

Castlegar civic strike: Solidarity still strong

CASTLEGAR – Civic workers out on strike for a month say morale remains strong, despite the City’s refusal so far to restart talks. The first-ever walkout by 34 members of CUPE Local 2262 has picket lines in place at Castlegar City Hall, the treatment plant, public works yard and rink.   “We continue to reach out […]

CUPE BC marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BURNABY—CUPE BC is proud to mark the 23rd annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. “Both in the workplace and society at large, our union has a strong track record of fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. In 2012, CUPE launched the disability rights awareness campaign “A […]

December 6: National day of Remembrance and Action to end Violence against Women

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. A CUPE member who worked at the school was one of the murdered women. Over 50 per cent of Canadian women will experience an incident of violence sometime in their […]

All CUPE K-12 Locals ratify collective agreements

BURNABY- CUPE’s 57 BC K-12 Local bargaining committees have reached and ratified collective agreements, meeting the November 30 deadline. “We’re pleased that all locals were able conclude local bargaining issues by the November 30 deadline,” says K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais.  “Locals can now focus and look forward to the gains we achieved in […]

CUPE 2262 ratifies Central Kootenay deal

NELSON – CUPE Local 2262 has ratified a new three-year agreement with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).  The no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.5%, 1.4% and 1.5% respectively. Included in the collective agreement are improvements to employee definition language and increases to clothing and optical allowances. The new agreement expires on Feb. […]

Congratulations to Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman from CUPE BC

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro congratulated Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman on their election yesterday as the new President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour. “Although our organization supported another candidate, I know that Irene Lanzinger will be a good President for our Federation, and on behalf of CUPE […]

Colleges reach template agreement

The Colleges and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) reached a template agreement at the end of last week. This agreement now forms the basis for local bargaining. Going forward, locals will go to the table to address local issues and concerns. Highlights Highlights of the template agreement include: 5 year agreement, expires June 30, […]

CUPE BC files libel law suit against Vancouver NPA and Kirk LaPointe

VANCOUVER – CUPE BC announced today it has filed a libel law suit against the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association and Kirk LaPointe. In the recent Vancouver election NPA Mayoral Candidate Kirk LaPointe and the NPA electoral organization alleged “corruption” in regards to financial contributions from CUPE Local 1004 and CUPE BC to candidates recommended by the […]