Lower Mainland municipal bargaining underway

SURREY – CUPE Local 402 and the City of Surrey begin two days of contract negotiations today, marking the start of bargaining for more than 17,000 municipal workers throughout the Lower Mainland.  CUPE Local 402 is the first of 21 CUPE locals that will be bargaining at 30 tables with 20 municipalities over the coming […]

Vancouver Civic Election Defamation Suit Settled

BURNABY—A defamation suit filed by CUPE BC and CUPE Local 1004 on November 25, 2014 against the Vancouver Civic Non Partisan Association (NPA) and mayoralty candidate Kirk LaPointe has been settled, and all parties to the suit today issued the following joint statement. JOINT STATEMENT In October and November 2014, during the Vancouver civic election […]

Strong Communities Festival serves up fun

KELOWNA – CUPE Local 338 was proud to sponsor the Second Annual Strong Communities Family Festival in Kelowna on Saturday.  Local president Lee Mossman said, “our members are happy to give back to the community and show that CUPE cares about the places we live, work and play in.” The event was packed and featured […]

CUPE 4627 engages community to save VCC

VANCOUVER – CUPE 4627, representing workers at Vancouver Community College (VCC) in downtown Vancouver, are taking on the BC Liberal government. Premier Christy Clark is putting Vancouver Community College on the chopping block, say leaders of the newly launched Save Our VCC campaign. The campaign says that VCC has endured devastating cuts over the past […]

Harper must negotiate release of Canadian journalist imprisoned in Egypt—CUPE BC

BURNABY—British Columbia’s largest union has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action to have Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy released from prison in Egypt and deported to his home country. CUPE BC’s message to the prime minister is in addition to the letter last week from Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, as well […]

Grand Forks city workers call for return to respect

GRAND FORKS – Every single Grand Forks municipal worker was on hand last night for the Grand Forks City Council meeting. The 32 members of CUPE local 4728 and their families held signs calling for “a workplace built on respect.” The silent protest came after City administrator Doug Allin announced his plans late last week […]

Front line library safety survey offers insights

BURNABY – Phase one of the CUPE BC Library Health & Safety Survey is complete and has been very successful. With more than 500 library workers from 50 communities responding to a written survey, the results will offer significant insights into the growing challenges faced across British Columbia. Phase two will consist of follow up […]

Celebrate Labour Day!

With Labour Day 2010 just around the corner, the BC Federation of Labour will again be celebrating the day along with its members, friends and colleagues. All CUPE members and their families are invited to join the party – for the first time at Central Park in the wonderful city of Burnaby. Please see the […]

Deal ends Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH – The month-long lockout of Qualicum Beach municipal workers is over. The town of Qualicum Beach has now agreed to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract with its unionized workers. CUPE members ratified the deal last week. The 4½-year agreement contains the modest two-per-cent annual wage increase sought by the union since […]

Qualicum Beach Council demand prompts bad faith bargaining complaint

QUALICUM BEACH – On the verge of ending its lockout of municipal workers, Qualicum Beach Town Council tried to introduce a condition that has the union filing a bad faith bargaining complaint and the provincial mediator calling their position “incorrect.” The BC Labour Relations Board mediator’s recommendation package for a fair and reasonable contract was […]