Collingwood Neighbourhood House workers reach tentative agreement

VANCOUVER—Community Social Services workers, members of CUPE Local 1936, have reached a tentative agreement with Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH). The parties held five face-to-face bargaining sessions beginning on December 18. At the conclusion of the final session on March 26, the employer and union signed off on a five-year agreement that will include an 8.5-per-cent […]

Regional District Workers in Powell River ratify new five-year agreement

POWELL RIVER – Both the qathet Regional District and their workers, represented by CUPE 798, are celebrating the ratification of a new collective agreement. The five-year agreement will bring a host of benefits and stability for workers and the community. “Workers at our regional district have a strong connection to the communities they work and […]

K-12 Awards deadline extended to April 30

BURNABY – The nomination deadline for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education has been extended to April 30 with award categories updated. An additional category, Outstanding Support – School Community, for support staff eligible to CUPE members who work as bus drivers, crossing guards, student supervisors, aboriginal cultural facilitators, custodians, maintenance/tradespeople, and clerical […]

Staffing shortages affect ambulance service levels across B.C.

VANCOUVER – The Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC (APBC) are raising concerns over staffing shortages affecting service levels across the Province. While recruitment and retention in many communities has been an ongoing challenge for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for some time, the staffing shortage has reached unprecedented levels.  APBC has heard from […]

Labour and community celebrate 25th annual International Women’s Day in Surrey

Retired CUPE 728 member and founder of the Surrey IWD event holds flyers from the first and current events. SURREY – Women’s marches in Vancouver for International Women’s Day and to bring attention to women’s issues had been held for many years. In 1995, Ursula Kernig, a CUPE school custodian, felt that Surrey was big […]

Metro celebrates International Women’s Day in Richmond

RICHMOND – CUPE Metro District Council celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) with women from Delta and Richmond, along with those working in agencies that support women and families. Coast Salish Matriarch and Elder, Roberta Price, warmly welcomed everyone, shared her story, talked about ceremony, and led an exercise to shed negative energy. Natalie Drolet, Staff […]

International Women’s Day 2019 – a statement from CUPE BC

Equality is a core principle of the labour movement in British Columbia, Canada and around the world, and women activists have been at the forefront of the collective effort to put that principle into action. To mark International Women’s Day this year, CUPE BC urges all activists and leaders in the progressive movement to learn […]

CUPE welcomes 27 new members in Powell River and Nelson

BURNABY – CUPE is welcoming new members in Powell River and Nelson following two successful votes in the past month. CUPE 476, representing K-12 workers in Powell River, welcomed two information technology (IT) workers into their local. President Aileen O’Keefe noted that these members had worked alongside CUPE K-12 members for 25 years – initially […]