Confronting racism with personal stories

BURNABY – When members of the CUPE BC Workers of Colour Committee told each other stories of their individual experiences of being racialized, they knew these stories needed to be shared more broadly, so a video project was born. Because many workers who face discrimination are vulnerable, participating members did not appear on-screen but their […]

Albion Community Centre to be run by public workers

MAPLE RIDGE – In a unanimous decision, the Maple Ridge city council agree that public workers will deliver programs and services at the Albion Community Centre. The decision follows an extensive campaign by the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows municipal workers of CUPE 622 calling for the soon to be opened facility to be community […]

CUPE 15 welcomes new members at Langara

VANCOUVER – Langara English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) instructors at Langara College voted overwhelmingly to join CUPE 15 in a Labour Board vote conducted last week. CUPE 15’s newest members will join 416 support staff at Langara College.   “Our local is very pleased to welcome these 52 members who prepare students at Langara College […]

Statement from CUPE Local 391

In response to VPL Board’s decision regarding March 21 GIDYVR room rental at Library Square Conference Centre The Vancouver Public Library Board’s decision to permit a room rental to the group Gender Identity YVR (GIDYVR) is raising concerns for employees of the Vancouver Public Library in their workplace and their community. Workers, represented by the […]

CUPE work on Capital project saves taxpayers $400,000

GRAND FORKS—Two years ago, CUPE 4728 municipal workers played a key role in the recovery effort for this West Kootenays community in the aftermath of catastrophic floods. More recently, the Local’s work has helped restore local public infrastructure while saving the City hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last summer, CUPE 4728 members embarked on a […]

Budget 2020 continues shifting of government priorities from a focus on big corporations and the wealthy to building an economy that works for everyone—CUPE BC

VICTORIA—Today’s provincial budget continues the BC NDP government’s successful work in building an economy that benefits everyone and creates more opportunities for working people to build better lives, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today. “We’re very happy to see that under this government, the richest British Columbians—the 1 percent—will pay a little more to […]

CUPE calls for dialogue and reconciliation in Wet’suwet’en territory

Statement issued by CUPE National: Police intervention will not resolve the dispute in traditional Wet’suwet’en territory – respectful and honest dialogue is the only path to a resolution. For this reason, CUPE calls on all parties to resume meaningful discussion, as soon as possible. CUPE is especially troubled by the creation of an exclusion zone within unceded Wet’suwet’en territory […]

CUPE 4163 reaches tentative agreement at UVic

VICTORIA— CUPE 4163 Components 1 and 2 reached a tentative agreement with the University of Victoria on February 10. The local began bargaining on November 13 and met for a total of 11 sessions. CUPE 4163 President Greg Melnechuk thanked the bargaining team for all their efforts. “I also want to acknowledge the respectful tone […]

Richmond municipal workers reach tentative agreement

RICHMOND – CUPE 394 and CUPE 718, locals representing outside and inside municipal workers in Richmond respectively, have reached tentative agreements with the City. The settlements were reached on Monday, following five months of collective bargaining between the locals and City management. Both local executives are recommending the tentative agreements to their respective memberships for […]

CUPE 4500 members ratify agreement with Coast Mountain

BURNABY—CUPE 4500 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company that includes wage increases, significant benefit improvements, and other provisions that address concerns the Local has raised since bargaining began in late 2018. Members voted overwhelmingly to support the no-concessions agreement, reached on January 28, at three separate meetings held […]