CUPE BC Statement on Kamloops Residential School Discovery

CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta today issued the following statement on behalf of the CUPE BC Executive Board.   The discovery last week of a mass burial site containing the bodies of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School is a terrible but important reminder that Canada’s racist and genocidal approach to First Nations […]

Campaign shines light on CUPE 728 members’ dedication

SURREY—CUPE 728, the largest CUPE K-12 and early learning local in B.C., started an advertising campaign today to highlight some of the many services its 5,000 members provide in School District 36 – as well as their dedication to students and staff. CUPE 728 President Tammy Murphy praised her members for their amazing commitment during […]

Bulletin – B.C. announces vaccine availability to age 12 and launches restart plan

The Government of B.C. announced its four-step plan, guided by data, for a careful and safe restart yesterday. The plan allows for a gradual return to “more normal life” and maintains protocols of wearing masks and physical distancing in the first two steps. Details of the plan and more information can be found here. K-12 and early learning […]

CUPE BC, Local 873 celebrate Paramedic Services Week

BURNABY—Ambulance paramedics play a critical role in public safety and frontline health care and should be celebrated for their tireless efforts in serving the public—even more so for their heroic sacrifice in responding to the ongoing opioid crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta said today, in observance of National Paramedic Services Week […]

CUPE BC Convention 2021 wraps up with new leadership, Karen Ranalletta elected President

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s first-ever virtual convention ended today, wrapping up 3 days of debate, reports, guest speakers and the election of a new executive board. Karen Ranalletta was elected president, the first woman president of CUPE BC in 26 years, while Trevor Davies was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer by acclamation. “I want to thank the delegates for their […]

Bulletin – Trades members have a frank and open discussion

CUPE members working in trades have played a crucial role during the pandemic, putting in safety measures to keep schools safe and thereby helping to keep the economy open. As well as discussing the impact of the pandemic and identifying concerns for bargaining, members took the opportunity for frank discussion on a variety of topics. Local […]

CUPE BC endorses Team Unite for Canadian Labour Congress leadership

CUPE BC’s Executive Board has endorsed “Team Unite” for leadership positions at the Canadian Labour Congress’s upcoming convention. Team Unite is comprised of Bea Bruske for President, Lily Chang for Secretary-Treasurer and Siobhan Vipond for Executive Vice President. “Delegates to our convention were able to hear from Bea Bruske and Team Unite yesterday, and they […]

Singh to CUPE BC delegates: ‘Thank you for fighting for people’

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, addressing CUPE BC convention on Thursday, thanked delegates and the entire labour movement for their efforts in fighting for workers’ rights, safe workplaces, and pensions—efforts that helped elect his team of 24 New Democrat Members of Parliament who fight every day for working people and families across Canada. “This pandemic […]

CUPE ready to face challenges ahead: Charles Fleury

Despite significant financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Secretary Treasurer Charles Fleury assured CUPE BC convention delegates that CUPE remains in a strong position to keep supporting the work of the province’s locals. “I want all of you to know that CUPE still has the resources needed to back the important fights you […]

Bulletin – StrongStart and early childhood educators share their challenges and want more understanding of their roles

StrongStart facilitators and early childhood educators (ECEs) help children get the best educational programming possible, to have social and emotional learning skills for an easier and familiar transition into Kindergarten. They work closely with families acting as counsellor, secretary, and educator, to name just a few of their roles. Members shared pandemic experiences, listened to a presentation and […]