October 1, 2015

New agreement achieved for CUPE Local 4879 workers at Thompson Rivers University

KAMLOOPS - The union representing close to 500 workers at Thompson Rivers University ratified a new collective agreement that includes a 5.4 per cent wage increase over a 5 year period, as well as health benefit improvements.

“It was hard bargaining,” said Lois Rugg, President of CUPE Local 4879.  “The union focused on increased health care benefits for vision wear and dental implants and addressed a number of important issues for our members.”

September 22, 2015

Lower Mainland municipal bargaining underway

SURREY – CUPE Local 402 and the City of Surrey begin two days of contract negotiations today, marking the start of bargaining for more than 17,000 municipal workers throughout the Lower Mainland.  CUPE Local 402 is the first of 21 CUPE locals that will be bargaining at 30 tables with 20 municipalities over the coming months.

September 15, 2015

Grand Forks city workers call for return to respect

GRAND FORKS - Every single Grand Forks municipal worker was on hand last night for the Grand Forks City Council meeting. The 32 members of CUPE local 4728 and their families held signs calling for "a workplace built on respect."

August 23, 2015

CUPE 1004 reaches mediated settlement with CSU

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004, representing workers who provide support services to students at Capilano University, has reached a tentative agreement with the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU).

The settlement was reached through a mediator on Saturday, in time to avert a lockout by CSU that was due to start on Monday, August 24.

August 21, 2015

Capilano Students’ Union workers locked out

NORTH VANCOUVER – As a new academic year is about to begin, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has chosen to disrupt services for students by locking out unionized staff beginning Monday, August 24.

The move comes after members of CUPE Local 1004, which represents CSU staff, voted unanimously to reject the employer’s final offer.

Sarah Silvester, bargaining committee member and CUPE 1004 Executive Member said that her members are concerned about their livelihood and also have concerns for what Capilano students will face as they attempt to settle into a new school year.

August 17, 2015

CUPE to Qualicum Beach Mayor & Council: Bargain, don’t bully

QUALICUM BEACH – As the Mayor and Council’s lockout enters its third week, CUPE members are urging them to focus on getting back to the table instead of trying to provoke workers and scare the community.

Referring to last week’s release from the Town on safety for the public and exempt employees, CUPE 401 Vice President Laurence Amy said that locked out CUPE members monitoring the work that exempt staff are doing is standard practice in these situations.

July 31, 2015

Rowdy rally greets Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH - The mayor and council of this seaside Vancouver Island community celebrated the British Columbia Day weekend by locking out their 75 municipal workers. More than 100 vocal CUPE Local 401 members and their supporters were on hand outside the town hall when the lockout officially took effect at 3pm Friday.

July 30, 2015

Qualicum Beach rally for locked out workers

QUALICUM BEACH - On Friday, July 31, the eve of the British Columbia Day holiday weekend, the town of Qualicum Beach plans to lock out its 66 municipal workers for the first time ever.

Despite a long history of labour peace, the current mayor and council have refused to give their public employees the same modest two-per-cent per-year wage settlement reached in neighbouring municipalities. Wages are the only outstanding issue after mediated contract talks broke off last month. The workers have been without a contract since 2013.

July 24, 2015

Qualicum Beach workers set to launch first-ever strike

QUALICUM BEACH - CUPE municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have served 72 -hour strike notice. The strike will begin at 10:26 am on Sunday, July 26 in the form of an overtime ban.

The move by the 46 members of CUPE Local 401 came after mediated talks with the town of Qualicum Beach broke down last month. 

CUPE Local 401 President Blaine Gurrie says “our priority is to get back to the bargaining table and reaching a fair settlement so we can focus on best serving the citizens of Qualicum Beach.  We want to minimize any impact on the public.”

July 14, 2015

BC Transit and CUPE 4500 reach labour agreement

CORPORATE – BC Transit and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4500 (CUPE 4500) have ratified a new labour agreement under the Province of British Columbia’s Economic Stability Mandate.

The term of the agreement is five and one half years, to December 31, 2020. It covers 19 full-time employees based in Victoria covering three job classifications: Transit Supervisors, Lead Transit Supervisors and Transit Communications Coordinators.