54th Annual Convention delegates head home after productive and inspiring 4 days

VICTORIA—CUPE BC’s 54th annual Convention wrapped up in Victoria today, with delegates electing a new Executive Board (including two new Diversity Vice President positions,) approving a new two-year Action Plan and passing resolutions to guide the union’s activities and priorities over the next two years. President Paul Faoro and Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies were acclaimed to […]

Frank Lee elected DVP, wins disability award

VICTORIA—CUPE 1004 Secretary-Treasurer Frank Lee is the inaugural recipient of CUPE BC’s Disability Award for outstanding activism on behalf of workers with disabilities. Lee received the award on Friday afternoon (April 28), shortly after being elected the union’s first DVP for Workers with Disabilities. Elected as alternate DVP was CUPE 15 member Sunera Samarakoon. In […]

CUPE BC Convention elects new Executive Board for 2017-2019

VICTORIA—Delegates to CUPE BC’s 54th annual convention today elected a new Executive Board to lead the union for the next two years. CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies were acclaimed to continue in their roles, and Cindy McQueen, Tanya Paterson, Karen Ranalletta and Michelle Waite were elected to serve as General Vice […]

‘Thank you for being political’: Lanzinger

VICTORIA—CUPE BC’s boldly partisan stance in support of the BC NDP is a benefit to working British Columbians and could prove the difference in ending the BC Liberals’ 16-year reign of error on May 9, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger told delegates in her closing day address to convention delegates. Lanzinger, bringing greetings […]

Pivot, CUPE in the same fight: Pacey

VICTORIA—Organizations like CUPE and the Pivot Legal Society strengthen communities by giving voice to workers and the powerless — often in concert with each other, Pivot’s executive director Katrina Pacey told delegates on Friday. In her convention address, Pacey drew parallels between the work CUPE and Pivot do, noting that her organization’s relationship with CUPE […]

Building a Better B.C. with John Horgan and the BC NDP

Patented #Horganselfie with #cupebc17 delegates VICTORIA—With just 11 days to go before Election Day, delegates to CUPE BC’s 2017 Convention greeted BC NDP Leader John Horgan with a sustained standing ovation as he made a rock-star entrance to the convention hall. “I’ve made three simple commitments during this election campaign,” said Horgan. “An NDP government […]

Fleury to delegates: “We have your back”

VICTORIA—CUPE has the resources to address the serious challenges of precarious work, privatization, and other difficult issues the union is facing in 2017, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury told delegates on Friday.  Fleury, thanking B.C. members for their activism, commitment and solidarity, said that the union’s financial health remains strong and that CUPE is in […]

Stronger, more effective focus on organizing key to making gains—Hancock

VICTORIA—In a homecoming address of sorts, CUPE National President Mark Hancock addressed delegates at CUPE BC’s 2017 convention, saluting CUPE members and staff from across B.C., his home province. “We know that the most effective way to fight inequality is to give unorganized workers the chance to join a union,” said Hancock. “We’re developing regional […]

McMahon elected CUPE BC’s first Pink Triangle DVP

VICTORIA – In a historic election for the B.C. Division, CUPE 389 First Vice-President Kathy McMahon was acclaimed as Diversity Vice-President representing Pink Triangle Workers. McMahon, a long-time member of the Pink Triangle Working Group, becomes the first DVP representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) members in CUPE BC. The position was added […]

Electronic voting ‘dry run’ a success

VICTORIA – Delegates to CUPE BC’s 2016 convention voted to incorporate electronic voting for future conventions. On Thursday, the second day of the 2017 convention, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies conducted a demonstration of electronic voting for delegates with a mock ballot of “Are you going to vote on May 9?”  Once voting was declared […]