K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Similkameen reach tentative agreement

OLIVER — CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 53 in Okanagan-Similkameen reached a tentative agreement after five sessions of bargaining that began in early June. The tentative agreement was reached Tuesday following a 14-hour bargaining marathon. CUPE 523 Acting President Tammie Koroluk said that this round of bargaining was a new experience for […]

Members in the Kootenays meet and learn

  CRESTON — CUPE’s Kootenay District Council (KDC) met in Creston from September 4 to September 7 to take care of business and upgrade their skills. The KDC executive kicked things off with an all-day session where they planned education for upcoming meetings and discussed different initiatives to encourage greater involvement in the Council. “Training […]

CUPE 593 K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

MISSION — CUPE 593, K-12 support workers at School District 75 in Mission reached a tentative agreement on August 28 following 14 sessions of bargaining that began in April. CUPE 593 President Faye Howell said that bargaining was respectful, and that the employer wanted to listen. The local’s bargaining committee included both fairly experienced and […]

Kamloops school fire heartbreaking for community

KAMLOOPS — Parents, children, support staff and teachers are trying to come to terms with a fire that burned down Parkcrest Elementary School on Thursday night. Two custodians and a teacher were inside the school when the fire broke out in one of the oldest schools in town. Alerted by the fire alarm, they were […]

CUPE 4163 launches campaign on Victoria buses

VICTORIA – CUPE 4163 Component 3 is shining a light on the University of Victoria’s poor treatment of sessional lecturers — and the impacts on both students and educators — with a public campaign on Victoria’s buses beginning this week. Lack of job security and low wages have put these educators in a precarious situation. […]

Solidarity builds community in the Tri-Cities

PORT COQUITLAM – Five CUPE locals hosted the fifth annual CUPE Gives Back family picnic in Port Coquitlam on Saturday. Families and friends enjoyed hotdogs served up from the CUPE BC events trailer as well as popcorn, cotton candy, mini donuts, treats and cool drinks. The scenic location in Lions Park and cooperative weather added […]