Budget 2019 continues shifting of government priorities from a focus on the wealthy and well-connected to making life more affordable—CUPE BC

VICTORIA—B.C. Finance Minister Carole James’s third provincial budget continues the BC NDP government’s shift toward making life more affordable for working people and creating more opportunities for people to succeed, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today. “We’re pleased to see the government build on last year’s budget, with continued significant investments in programs and […]

TRU takes to the streets with ad campaign

  KAMLOOPS – CUPE support workers at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) are featured on digital billboards on Highway 5 and on local buses this month as part of a campaign to raise public awareness about the varied services that students and the campus community rely on. “CUPE 4879 is so proud of our members and […]

Powell River library workers vote to strike, plan to file for mediation

Powell River – CUPE 798 members working at the Powell River Public Library passed a strike vote with a near unanimous vote at a meeting held Thursday. The two parties have been in negotiations for more than a year to replace the last collective agreement, which expired in December 2017. The vote was called after […]

BCLA and CUPE BC partner to support BC Summer Reading Club

BURNABY – The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) is pleased and proud to announce a new partnership with CUPE BC. CUPE BC is generously contributing $50,000 to ensure that BC Summer Reading Club continues to award medals to children across the province who participate in this successful, inclusive and much-loved program. In 2018 over 85,000 […]

Throne Speech a roadmap for continued progress—CUPE BC

BURNABY – The 2019 Throne Speech shows that B.C.’s NDP government has a solid plan to continue building on its impressive record of delivering on issues that matter to CUPE members across the province, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today. “In just under a year-and-a-half in office Premier Horgan’s government has made real progress […]

CUPE 15 members at the Vancouver Art Gallery vote to ratify settlement agreement

BURNABY – Striking workers at the Vancouver Art Gallery have voted in favour of a mediated settlement, effectively ending their week-long labour action. “Our members successfully fought back against a number of concessions, and won several key provisions that will improve the working conditions and compensation of Gallery workers today, and for years to come,” […]

CUPE 15, Vancouver Art Gallery reach tentative agreement

BURNABY — CUPE 15 and the Vancouver Art Gallery have reached a tentative agreement at the bargaining table. The Memorandum of Agreement, reached today with the assistance of a mediator, is subject to ratification.  Unionized workers at the Gallery have been on strike since last Tuesday, and would return to work upon a positive ratification vote. The […]

CUPE 15 applies for mediation in Vancouver Art Gallery dispute

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 15, has applied to the BC Labour Relations Board for the appointment of a mediator in its dispute with the Vancouver Art Gallery. More than 200 Gallery workers have been off the job since their strike began Tuesday. “After more than eight months of bargaining, our members are […]

Art Gallery workers strike over concessions and wages

Gallery workers walk off the job in response to employer efforts to force a vote on rejected last offer VANCOUVER – After rejecting the employer’s final offer Friday, workers at the Vancouver Art Gallery are walking off the job. The union served strike notice on Monday, January 28 but continued to bargain through the week […]