April 28 National Day of Mourning

  BURNABY – This year marks the 34th annual Day of Mourning where workers, families, employers and communities come together in ceremonies to honour workers who have been killed and injured and where we renew our commitment to health and safety. Last year in BC there were 158 work-related deaths, including two CUPE members. This […]

Convention 2018 reaffirms CUPE BC’s commitment to member engagement and political action

VANCOUVER – CUPE BC’s 55th annual convention in Vancouver ended today, with delegates approving an Action Plan for the coming year, reaffirming the union’s commitment to strengthening its membership, defending public services and the dignity of members’ work, building solidarity and capacity, and ongoing political action—including campaigning for a “Yes” vote in the upcoming referendum […]

Time to level the playing field, Lanzinger tells Convention

VANCOUVER – With a labour-friendly government now holding the reins of power, the time is ripe to introduce changes to employment standards and other legislation that will make life better for working British Columbians, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger told delegates at CUPE BC’s 55th annual convention on Saturday. Lanzinger’s comments on the […]

Delegates share insights on gender equity

VANCOUVER — Delegates from the CUPE BC Women’s and Pink Triangle Committees met with Gender Equity Parliamentary Secretary Mitzi Dean at CUPE BC’s 55th annual convention on Friday. Dean had reached out to CUPE BC to hear members’ experiences and insights on gender equity to better inform the NDP government of changes needed. Members spoke […]

Samarakoon wins Disability activist award

VANCOUVER—Alternate Diversity Vice President (Persons with Disabilities) Sunera Samarakoon is this year’s winner of CUPE BC’s Disability Activist Award. Samarakoon, who works on K-12 support staff for the Vancouver School Board, first became active in CUPE in 2013. A tireless advocate for people with disabilities, he works on accessibility and health and safety issues for […]

Delegates pack Equality Night event

VANCOUVER—An evening event celebrating diversity drew a large crowd at CUPE BC’s 55th annual convention on Thursday. About 75 delegates poured into the Cypress Room to enjoy snacks and refreshment while the union’s four newly established human rights committees—Indigenous Workers, Workers of Colour, Pink Triangle (LGBTQ2+) Workers and Persons with Disabilities—each made a presentation. The […]

CUPE BC ready to face the future: Trevor Davies

VANCOUVER – Despite challenges over the past year—including the union’s first move to a new office since 1991, a lengthy lockout at Pacific Blue Cross followed by a successful campaign to replace the PBC board, and the growth of operating expenses due to rising costs—CUPE BC remains in good financial shape, Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies told […]