Camaraderie and new skills highlight young workers’ conference

PRINCE GEORGE – About 70 young workers attended the CUPE BC Young Workers Task Force conference “Building a Better Future” held here August 19 – 21.  CUPE BC General Vice-President and Young Workers Task Force chair John Hall and co-chair Carlo Sia, hosting the opening event, introduced the head table and guests from CUPE locals […]

Locked out Qualicum Beach workers accept LRB proposal

QUALICUM BEACH –   Locked out municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have voted to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract. The vote was held this afternoon by members of CUPE Local 401. The BC Labour Relations Board mediator’s recommendations were made after a meeting with the town and its union employees this week. The […]

Talks to resume in Qualicum Beach town lockout

QUALICUM BEACH – Following a productive meeting with the Town Council yesterday, locked out CUPE 401 members and the Town of Qualicum Beach plan to return to the bargaining table. The parties will meet on Thursday, August 27, and will seek the assistance of a mediator from the B.C. Labour Relations Board. CUPE 401 picket […]

UBC locals call for transparency, openness on Gupta exit

VANCOUVER – In a joint letter to the UBC Board of Governors chair, all three presidents from CUPE locals have raised concerns about the handling of the recent departure of UBC President, Dr. Arvind Gupta. CUPE 116 President Colleen Garbe was a member of the 22-person selection committee that included unions, faculty, alumni, management and […]

CUPE 1004 members ratify agreement with Capilano Students’ Union

NORTH VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 workers at Capilano University ratified their collective agreement with the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) on Monday. The settlement was reached through a mediator on Saturday, averting a CSU lockout of staff who provide support services to students. “Members can now continue to provide excellent services to students at Capilano University,” […]

CUPE 1004 reaches mediated settlement with CSU

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004, representing workers who provide support services to students at Capilano University, has reached a tentative agreement with the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU). The settlement was reached through a mediator on Saturday, in time to avert a lockout by CSU that was due to start on Monday, August 24. “We’re pleased that […]

Capilano Students’ Union workers locked out

NORTH VANCOUVER – As a new academic year is about to begin, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has chosen to disrupt services for students by locking out unionized staff beginning Monday, August 24. The move comes after members of CUPE Local 1004, which represents CSU staff, voted unanimously to reject the employer’s final offer. Sarah […]

CUPE to Qualicum Beach Mayor & Council: Bargain, don’t bully

QUALICUM BEACH – As the Mayor and Council’s lockout enters its third week, CUPE members are urging them to focus on getting back to the table instead of trying to provoke workers and scare the community. Referring to last week’s release from the Town on safety for the public and exempt employees, CUPE 401 Vice […]

‘Stubborn’ Qualicum Beach Council rejects deal with workers

QUALICUM BEACH –   The Qualicum Beach Town Council has refused to settle its first-ever labour dispute.  Discussions initiated by locked out municipal workers led to a three-hour in-camera council meeting today but failed to produce a contract settlement. The 75 CUPE Local 401 members have been without a contract since 2013. The only outstanding issue is […]

Rowdy rally greets Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH – The mayor and council of this seaside Vancouver Island community celebrated the British Columbia Day weekend by locking out their 75 municipal workers. More than 100 vocal CUPE Local 401 members and their supporters were on hand outside the town hall when the lockout officially took effect at 3pm Friday. The issue […]