CUPE 561 First Canada bus drivers ratify collective agreement

ABBOTSFORD—CUPE 561 bus drivers are back in uniform this week after ratifying a new collective agreement with First Canada ULC on Sunday night. The Local’s 160 members, based in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, had initiated job action with a uniform ban on October 10. The new three-year contract, retroactive to April 1, 2017, includes annual wage […]

Victoria Library Workers reject employer concession demands, endorse strike action

VICTORIA—CUPE 410 members who work for the Greater Victoria Public Library voted more than 85 percent in favour of strike action during a balloted vote held Sunday. The vote comes on the heels of talks breaking off between the union and representatives of the Greater Victoria Public Library and Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association Saturday […]

CUPE 4500 Transit Supervisor saves life on Knight Street bridge

VANCOUVER—CUPE 4500 member Surinder Sahdra has responded to a variety of situations in his 18 years as a Transit Supervisor for Coast Mountain Bus Company. From problem passengers and vehicle breakdowns to reuniting lost children with their parents or finding lost wallets and cell phones—or even laptops—and returning them to their owners, he’s seen it […]

Library Workers: The heart and soul of library month

October is Library Month in Canada, and there is truly so much to celebrate. Libraries protect knowledge, promote literacy and creative writing, archive important texts, and support learning. They do all this as part of a free public service, a model based on the principle that access to knowledge and learning should be available to […]

CUPE BC gears up to support proportional representation

BURNABY – Last night, CUPE BC hosted two telephone townhalls for CUPE members in B.C. to talk about the provincial referendum on proportional representation. A significant majority of participants in both townhalls indicated that they support moving to proportional representation. “With a membership of more than 92,000 people, we had to put on two separate […]

Surrey Librarians vote to join CUPE

SURREY – Professional Librarians at Surrey Public Library have voted to become CUPE members in a Labour Board vote held on Wednesday. Issues important to professional librarians included organizational change that impacts services to the public and having a voice at work. “We warmly welcome professional librarians to our union, especially since October is National […]

CUPE BC Statement on Persons Day

Today is Persons Day in Canada, a day to commemorate the 1929 legal decision that finally gave Canadian women the right to vote. Two years earlier, five Canadian women who became known as the “Famous Five”– Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards—filed a legal challenge against the provisions of […]

A model for fairness

Why I’m voting ‘Yes’ for proportional representation Sometimes it seems like there’s an election on the horizon every time I sit down to write my column for Public Employee, and this issue is no exception. Not only do we have local elections in every community in the province within days of this magazine arriving in […]