July 8, 2015

CUPE 4951 ratifies new contract at College of New Caledonia

PRINCE GEORGE–CUPE Local 4951 ratified a collective agreement with the College of New Caledonia in a vote concluded on June 29.

“I’m pleased that members voted to ratify this agreement and will have access to professional development funds,” said CUPE 4951 President Lily Bachand. “This round of bargaining highlighted the excellent work done by our bargaining committee.”

July 3, 2015

College sector completes bargaining

BURNABY – The ratification vote by CUPE Local 1858 (Vancouver Island University) in Nanaimo on Monday, June 29 marked the completion of bargaining for all CUPE college sector locals that are part of the CUPE Colleges Bargaining Council (CCBC). All agreements followed the provincial mandate of 5.5 per cent over five years.

CUPE college sector coordinator Ian McLean expressed concern that, by the end of this contract, wages for college support staff will have fallen below the cost of living for more than a decade.

June 22, 2015

CUPE 2081 reaches tentative agreement with Camosun College

VICTORIA – CUPE 2081, representing Camosun College support staff, reached a tentative agreement last week after two and a half weeks of bargaining.

“Our bargaining committee worked hard to reach an agreement that will benefit members,” said CUPE 2081 President Tony Nelson. “I’d like to thank them for their dedication and strong efforts.”

The agreement follows the provincial mandate and addresses some issues around the pharmaceutical formulary.

June 2, 2015

CUPE 873-03 members on strike

RICHMOND – CUPE 873-03 members have begun strike action at SN Transport after repeated attempts to reach a first collective agreement have failed. The union is critical of the employer for its delay tactics and unwillingness to bargain a first contract with the workers who provide patient transfer services in the Lower Mainland.

May 21, 2015

Powell River city workers ratify new agreement

POWELL RIVER – CUPE 798 members met last night to approve a new agreement, avoiding a labour dispute and service disruption for the community.

“We have had a very tough round of bargaining and we are relieved that we have certainty and stability for the future. Members were very clear that the City’s aggressive concessions package was a deal breaker and we successfully pushed back on that package,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

May 20, 2015

CUPE 3799 ratifies collective agreement with UNBC

PRINCE GEORGE – CUPE Local 3799 ratified a collective agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia today.

“I want to commend UNBC for working collaboratively and respectfully with CUPE Local 3799,” said CUPE 3799 president Caroline Sewell. “This agreement was reached in large part because of a good working relationship between our local and UNBC.”

May 13, 2015

CUPE takes on zero spending, tax plan in Powell River

POWELL RIVER - On the eve of entering into mediation with the City of Powell River, CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen cautioned Mayor and Council against continuing the previous council’s proposal for zero spending and tax increases to 2019.

“It always sounds like a good idea to tell people their taxes won’t be going up. But there is a high cost to a zero tax policy,” said Craigen. 

May 4, 2015

CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work tomorrow.

Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

May 4, 2015

Union hopeful that mediation will help achieve a settlement

POWELL RIVER - Powell River city workers have requested mediation in an effort to reach an agreement with the city and avoid service disruption.

“We know that the city is in good financial health and that other similar and neighbouring communities have reached agreements with their workers along the same terms that CUPE is seeking.  Given this, we are hopeful that mediation scheduled for May 14 and 15 will allow us to reach a fair agreement,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

March 26, 2015

Powell River city workers take strong strike vote

POWELL RIVER – Workers in the City of Powell River have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if they are unable to negotiate a fair settlement in the current round of bargaining.

CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen said that members received a bargaining update at a well-attended meeting on Wednesday, and then voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary.