District of Tofino workers vote to strike

TOFINO-CUPE 118 members working for the District of Tofino voted to strike on June 9 after hitting an impasse in negotiations. The CUPE 118 bargaining committee says workers deserve a fair deal with improvements to wages and working conditions. “It is disappointing the District of Tofino is not understanding employees’ concerns,” said CUPE 118 President […]

Full-capacity emergency response the best defense against heat dome tragedies, says CUPE

BURNABY—The provincial government’s report to the chief coroner on last summer’s heat-related deaths is an important first step in identifying preventive measures to help save lives, but effective response to such events in the future will ultimately depend on a greater commitment by the agencies that fund emergency response, say the Ambulance Paramedics of BC […]

CUPE 1760, United Way British Columbia reach tentative agreement

BURNABY—CUPE 1760 and United Way British Columbia (UWBC) have agreed to terms for a new collective agreement. Details of the tentative agreement will be circulated to members shortly. “Our bargaining committee is satisfied with the agreement and will be recommending its ratification to the membership,” said CUPE 1760 President Lena Shillington. “Details will be circulated […]

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council concluded at their quarterly meeting held on Thursday. In addition to local updates and a sector bargaining review, Council members discussed a report from […]

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers. CUPE 716 says the district budget shouldn’t be balanced at the expense of workers and the students they serve. “Our top priority is ensuring our […]

CUPE welcomes civilian staff of the Organized Crime Agency of B.C.

RICHMOND – Civilian staff of the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. (OCABC) voted to join CUPE. The approximately 170 specialized professionals who deliver operational and administrative support to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) will form a new bargaining unit in CUPE Local 718. “We are pleased to welcome employees of […]

CUPE childcare worker’s story highlights the need for universal wage enhancement

VANCOUVER – Rosanna is a childcare worker in Vancouver and a member of CUPE Local 1936. She works as part of a team providing before- and after-school care for a non-profit childcare provider, and feels honoured to be a part of inspiring children to discover themselves. Helping children build their inner strength, courage, and confidence […]