B.C. paramedics win gold at international competition

BURNABY—CUPE 873 ambulance paramedics representing Team Canada BC won gold at this year’s Rallye Rejviz International Paramedic Competition, held in the Czech Republic. For team members Alex Mattes, Ron Van Houten, Stu Myers and Gene Benoit, practice and hard work paid off as the quartet placed first in 11 challenging tests, well ahead of the […]

CUPE 4227 activists trained in facing management

RICHMOND – CUPE 4227 (support staff for B.C.’s Francophone School District 93) enjoyed a rare learning opportunity at their annual training session last week. The day-long courses, facilitated by CUPE 4227 President Francine Brisson with support from the local’s National Servicing Representative, focused on representing members in front of management and the steward’s role in […]

CUPE 389 honours and entertains North Shore seniors

NORTH VANCOUVER – The annual CUPE 389 seniors’ tea, held this month at Silver Harbour Seniors Centre in North Vancouver, was a rollicking success. The local hosts this annual event to recognize the contributions that seniors have made to the community. CUPE 389 provides food and serves tea and coffee to seniors and special guests, […]

CUPE Seeds of Change – building community in the Kootenays

CRANBROOK —CUPE Seeds of Change, a community action committee, continued its volunteer efforts in supporting local community at Cranbrook’s Children’s Festival held on May 12. Sunny skies brought out the crowds and the booth featuring a button-making machine kept them busy. The booth was a big hit with children and parents alike. Buttons included illustrations […]

CUPE BC establishes fund to support CUPE members affected by flooding

CUPE BC has established a special fund to support CUPE members impacted by the flooding happening in communities across the province. The Division has donated $10,000 to the account and is encouraging CUPE Locals across the province to help raise additional funds. Here’s a message from CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies to CUPE Locals regarding […]

Natural champions of democracy

CUPE BC library workers attend annual BC Library Association conference RICHMOND – Library workers from all over the province were in Richmond last week to participate in the BC Library Association’s (BCLA) annual conference. This year’s conference theme is work and culture, which “urges an examination of the connections between work environments, institutional cultures, and […]

Workload high on the agenda as health care presidents meet

NANAIMO—The critical issue of how to address workload in CUPE’s community health and health science professionals sectors was prominent on the agenda at a recent meeting of the union’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC). At CUPE’s area office in Nanaimo on May 11, health care presidents from Victoria, mid-Island and Metro Vancouver met to discuss […]

K-12 Presidents Council holds three-day meeting

BURNABY – The K-12 Presidents Council met May 1 – 3 in Burnaby. CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and Secretary Treasurer Trevor Davies attended. Faoro brought greetings from CUPE BC and announced that the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education will, for the first time, have a category for “Outstanding Support.” This category is open […]

Haida Gwaii School District to bring buses in house

SANDSPIT—CUPE Local 2020 will have new members driving school buses in Haida Gwaii next school year, as School District 50 has decided not to renew its contract with private company First Student Canada and will instead bring student transportation in house. According to the Haida Gwaii Observer, the Ministry of Education will be providing the […]