CUPE 1622 welcomes Surrey SPCA workers

SURREY—BC SPCA workers at the Education and Adoption Centre and at the Good Shepherd Barn voted to join CUPE 1622 in a Labour Board vote counted on January 27. The two groups work at the same location but in different facilities. “This will allow us to bring in and help more animals,” said CUPE 1622 […]

CUPE 4500 ratifies new agreement with BC Transit

VICTORIA—CUPE 4500 members have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with BC Transit that includes wage increases and significant improvements to benefits and contract language. The two parties reached a tentative agreement on January 14 after nine sessions of bargaining. Members ratified the agreement on Wednesday (January 27). “We’re very pleased to have reached this […]

K-12 Bulletin #51 – COVID one year later

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Canada’s first COVID-19 case. This is a difficult milestone for us all, but it is also an important moment to recognize the critical work you continue to provide during an extraordinary crisis. Thank you for the meaningful work you do every day—especially right now. For all British Columbians, this […]

K-12 Bulletin #50 – Government of B.C. rolls out vaccine plan

  The Province’s immunization plan, announced today,  applies an age-based approach. Phase 1 and Phase 2 focus on protecting those most susceptible to severe illness and death from COVID-19.  Phase 3 and Phase 4 focus on the general population. Adults older than age 60 have at least 5 times increased odds of hospitalization and mortality, […]

K-12 Bulletin #49 – Keeping safe in the pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, the BCCDC and Provincial Health Officer have reiterated that transmission rates of COVID-19 in schools is low. Two recent research papers – from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools at McMaster University — appear to support this position, as does data […]

Peer harm reduction workers vote unanimously to join CUPE 1004

VANCOUVER—The representation vote held on March 9, 2020 by “Peer” harm reduction workers employed by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) was finally counted, and the workers voted unanimously to join CUPE 1004. Peer workers at Insite, Washington Needle Depot, iOAT and overdose prevention sites in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are instrumental in saving lives in the face […]

K-12 Bulletin #48 – STOP contracting out

Important information about EA hours and early care and learning CUPE National and CUPE BC have long supported the creation of a universal system of affordable child care. Members and staff have campaigned for this particularly hard in the last two years. We also bargained language to ensure that CUPE locals and members will have […]

K-12 Bulletin #47 – K-12 members get the message out

Troy TardiffCUPE 1851 custodian Custodian Troy Tardiff has always loved working with people. He was a cleaning supervisor in a hospital before coming to K-12. Now at Shortreed Community School in Langley, Tardiff was featured in the Langley Advance Times. His dedication, relationship with students and concern for others shine through. “Kids are amazing,” says […]

Overcoming the pandemic with positivity

NORTH VANCOUVER—Before COVID-19 hit, Patricia Richetto had worked at École André-Piolat for 14 years. It was her comfort zone. The life-changing pandemic brought negativity and stress, but she not only coped, she conquered. Prior to the pandemic Richetto didn’t even have a computer at home and was not familiar or comfortable with technology. Because her […]

Langley custodian highlighted for his role at Shortreed Community School

LANGLEY—CUPE 1851 member Troy Tardiff, a custodian at Shortreed Community School in Langley, has always loved working with people. Tardiff was featured recently in a Langley Advance Times article highlighting the big part he plays at his school. “Troy is a dedicated person who goes above and beyond, and I am so happy to see […]