CUPE BC meets pandemic challenges in solid financial shape: Davies

Despite membership numbers dropping by as much as 20 per cent during the height of pandemic-related layoffs in 2020, CUPE BC has weathered the challenges of the past two years and remains in solid financial shape while being debt-free for the first time since 2007, Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies told delegates in his Convention address today. […]

CUPE BC Convention 2021 opens (virtually) in Vancouver with farewell speech from Faoro

VANCOUVER – B.C.’s largest union opened its 57th annual convention today with a final speech from outgoing president Paul Faoro, who is not seeking re-election. Faoro’s address focused on thanking CUPE members across the province for the work they’ve done to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “At the top of our list […]

CUPE 389 celebrates May Day with hot lunches for seniors

NORTH VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 389 creatively adapted their annual May Day tea event honouring seniors in the community who fought for workers’ rights such as pay equity. Instead of serving lunch and tea at Silver Harbour Centre, they bought 200 hot lunches—including soup and chicken cordon bleu prepared by Silver Harbour’s chef, and cake pops purchased […]

Bulletin – Labourers, grounds and maintenance have their say

K-12 labourers, grounds and maintenance workers shared pandemic experiences, identified and discussed their bargaining priorities, and raised concerns during the May 11 Zoom meeting. Experiences shared with other classifications included increased workload and going from being unseen and behind the scenes, to being in the spotlight. Pandemic experiences and challenges include: safety concerns around working in crews […]

Paul Simpson acclaimed president of K-12 Presidents Council

BURNABY—Members of the K-12 Presidents Council met on May 12 to deal with council business and update members on various issues. Members elected their executive board that will serve for three years. Elected or acclaimed are: President                                   Paul Simpson, […]

Bulletin – Action needed on school board budget projections and resulting cuts

It is school board budget season and, as in previous years, districts are projecting deficits that will impact programming, jobs and services the public relies on. But unlike other years, the COVID-19 pandemic has created larger potential deficits for this fiscal year because new costs and additional pandemic expenses are causing a shortfall in projected […]

CUPE Health Care Presidents Council celebrates DTES members during National Nursing Week

VANCOUVER—As invaluable partners in B.C.’s public health care system, CUPE 1004 nurses working in the Downtown Eastside exemplify this year’s National Nursing Week (May 10-16) theme, “We Answer the Call,” says CUPE Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC) chair Andrew Ledger. CUPE nurses on the front line of the ongoing opioid crisis, says Ledger, continue to […]

Bulletin – Indigenous support workers, youth and family workers, library assistants share powerful experiences

Tuesday’s call with Indigenous support workers, youth and family workers, library support staff and other direct student support classifications was powerful both because of the generous sharing of personal stories and in terms of the unique challenges these members face. Members identified and discussed their bargaining priorities as well as other important concerns. Library assistants […]