New medical forms developed for Community Social Service Workers

BURNABY – Effective today, Community Social Service workers will be using a newly developed medical form for absences from work of more than five days. The new forms were developed during a three-day arbitration regarding a policy grievance filed about the appropriateness of medical leave forms in obtaining medical information from employees. Arbitrator Wayne Moore […]

Revelstoke garbage pickup ‘win-win-win’

REVELSTOKE – Revelstoke City Council has opted to keep its curbside garbage collection in-house. The decision follows a comprehensive review of options that included various bids from three private companies. The city agreed with the conclusions of an internal report that determined that public curbside collection is the most affordable route. The report recommended keeping […]

Canada is ready for The Leap: Rally in Vancouver

At its 27th National Convention in Vancouver, CUPE will rally with environmental, indigenous, labour and social justice organizations, calling for fundamental change in the wake of the federal election. In partnership with, CUPE National President Paul Moist will join author and activist Naomi Klein and others to talk about a Canada based on caring for each other and the planet. The […]

Alberni-Clayoquot workers approve strike mandate

PORT ALBERNI – CUPE Local 118 workers at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District have given their bargaining team a 90% strike mandate. Before taking any job action, the local would file 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Relations Board. The vote was taken at a CUPE Local 118 membership meeting on bargaining held last night […]

Fletcher offers a solution in search of a problem

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock recently responded to an opinion piece by Black Press reporter/columnist Tom Fletcher. Our response, which has been published in a number of local BC papers, is below.  Recently you ran a column by Tom Fletcher suggesting that the Canadian Union of Public Employees was running city halls in British Columbia. […]

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock thanks members for federal election activism

BURNABY – Yesterday’s federal election officially ended the Stephen Harper era in Canadian politics, and that’s good for all working people in the country. His meanspirited and divisive policies—and campaign tactics—were clearly rejected by a majority of Canadians. We’re disappointed by the reduction in the number of NDP Members of Parliament across the country, but […]

Revelstoke rejects own recommendations on garbage pickup

REVELSTOKE – The union representing municipal workers in Revelstoke is disappointed the city has rejected its own staff recommendation to keep curbside garbage collection public. At a City Council meeting last night, mayor and council voted against a comprehensive staff report that concluded in-house curbside garbage collection is by far the most affordable. The report […]

University of Victoria workers achieve tentative agreement

VICTORIA-CUPE Locals representing close to 2000 workers at the University of Victoria reached a tentative deal that brings improvements for members over the next 5 years. Details of the agreements are currently being communicated to the members of CUPE Locals 951 and 917 who will be voting to ratify the new deal next week. Specifics […]

Hancock to seek CUPE National presidency

CUPE BC Executive Board unanimously endorses candidacy BURNABY—CUPE BC’s Executive Board has unanimously endorsed Mark Hancock in his bid for national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, replacing outgoing president Paul Moist, who announced his retirement earlier this week after 12 years at the helm of Canada’s largest union. “Since Brother Moist announced […]

White Rock funnels water in-house

WHITE ROCK – The City of White Rock now owns its own water utility and will be holding a community forum on the subject next week. The City recently voted unanimously to expropriate the system from Edmonton-based EPCOR and operate it in-house using CUPE workers. The City reported that, “While (it) always viewed EPCOR as […]