It’s time to reconnect

In the year and a half since the first COVID-19 lockdown, we’ve learned just how challenging and unpredictable pandemic times can be. For many of us, the ability to make ends meet, stay healthy, and heed Dr. Henry’s call to “be kind, be calm, and be safe” has required us to find inner reserves of […]

CUPE 391 library workers ratify tentative agreement with City of Vancouver

VANCOUVER—CUPE 391 members who work at Vancouver Public Library (VPL) ratified a three-year agreement with the employer on July 21. The settlement followed a challenging round of bargaining that concluded on July 6. The VPL board and the City of Vancouver have also ratified the new agreement. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement […]

CUPE 1004 rallies draw public support to save the PNE

VANCOUVER—Hundreds of people, including union members, families and the public rallied on Wednesday in a day of action to draw attention to the dire financial position of the Pacific National Exhibition following 16 months of the pandemic. At morning and afternoon rallies held at the PNE’s main entrance, passing drivers honked their horns in support […]

Donald Grant: Municipalities need to answer the emergency call for more 9-1-1 funding

Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun on July 7, 2021. Over the last week, 9-1-1 operators have been pushed past the breaking point. We saw a nexus of a record heatwave, the province-wide restart from COVID-19, and a serious 9-1-1 operator shortage. The record-breaking number of calls far exceeded our existing staffing capacity to handle […]

CUPE 1004 campaigns to save the PNE

VANCOUVER—The re-opening of the Pacific National Exhibition on August 21 is a big step toward recovery, but with limited attendance capacity and fewer attractions this year, short-term financial assistance of $8 million is still needed to help cover the residual pandemic debt. CUPE 1004 is running radio and digital ads starting this week, to raise […]

CUPE 1004 rallying for the PNE

VANCOUVER–The union representing workers at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is inviting other unions and the public to join them on Wednesday, July 7 at a rally to raise awareness about the PNE’s financial crisis. The PNE, which pumps $200 million into the local economy and is a major local employer, is close to financial […]