CUPE BC Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

CUPE BC’s Executive Board issued the following statement today: Today, November 25, is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the beginning of the UN’s annual 16 Days of Action that culminate on December 10, Human Rights Day. The statistics collected by the United Nations around the world remain horrifying—one […]

Bulletin – Flood response impacts to K-12 education sector

Last week’s flooding and mudslides continue to impact CUPE members, our workplaces and our communities. As part of the province’s emergency response, a state-of-emergency has been declared that includes restrictions on travel and fuel. Non-essential travel along severely damaged highways is restricted. There is also a 30-litre limit to retail fuel purchases in southwestern B.C. […]

CUPE welcomes Chilliwack Crime Prevention workers

CHILLIWACK – The Canadian Union of Public Employees is welcoming workers at the Chilliwack Crime Prevention Society as new members in Canada’s largest union. In a vote held earlier this month, nine Crime Prevention Society staff voted unanimously to join CUPE 458. “We are extremely pleased to welcome these new members into our union and […]

PG library workers ratify first collective agreement

PRINCE GEORGE—Prince George Public Library workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first collective agreement in a vote that concluded on November 9. The CUPE 4951-04 bargaining committee had met with the employer for six intense days of bargaining that concluded on October 29. The Library Board has also ratified the new contract. As well as […]

Bulletin – Help us build support for public childcare!

The provincial government is committed to $10 per day childcare, a model CUPE strongly supports and advocates for. The federal government is committing significant resources supporting childcare for kids aged 0-5, but what’s missing is new spaces for school-aged kids. CUPE BC began our childcare campaign advocating for the Seamless Day model of early learning […]

CUPE 8911 launches campaign to fix B.C.’s broken 9-1-1 service

VANCOUVER—CUPE 8911 members have launched an ambitious public campaign to raise awareness about critical underfunding and staff shortages at E-Comm 9-1-1. The campaign exposes that recent long wait times and unanswered emergency calls—a top news story during the summer heat wave—are symptomatic of an understaffed and underfunded service.  “When you call 9-1-1 in an emergency, […]

Bulletin – SSIRRE support staff survey

Chance at prizes for K-12 CUPE members that participate The Support Staff Initiative for Recruitment and Retention Enhancement (SSIRRE) is asking CUPE members to participate in a short online survey gathering information about recruitment and retention for support staff in the public education system. The results of this survey will be shared with both the […]

Bulletin – Wanted: Public Education Benefit Trustees

Becoming a Public Education Benefit Trust trustee is a unique and rewarding opportunity to play a critical role on how benefits and other health and wellbeing services are delivered to members in our provinces K-12 sector. There are currently two vacancies on the PEBT Board of Trustees. Appointments will be made by CUPE, effective January […]

Collaboration makes Summer Reading Club meaningful to community

This final feature marking National Library Month covers the BCLA Summer Reading Club award given to CUPE 389 members Kate Longley from the North Vancouver City Library and Danielle Wing from the North Vancouver District Library. This commentary by CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta also spotlights the important services CUPE members provide in libraries. NORTH […]

Bowen Island municipal workers unanimously endorse first contract

BOWEN ISLAND—Municipal workers on Bowen Island, members of CUPE 1004, achieved a historic first contract following a unanimous ratification vote that concluded on November 1. “This first contract sets a good framework for our members to build on in upcoming rounds of bargaining,” said CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger. “I’d like to thank the bargaining […]