January 22, 2015

CUPE responds to United Church’s Naramata Centre closure

BURNABY—In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the United Church’s Naramata Centre will close permanently, CUPE will seek renewed discussions with Church representatives.

“We have had 30 employees on strike and on a picket line at the United Church’s Naramata Centre for over eight months. This dispute has always been about fair treatment of loyal employees and we will seek fair treatment as part of any closure of operations and discussions on the future of the property,” said Tom O’Leary, CUPE National Servicing Representative.

December 31, 2014

Castlegar finally votes to end first-ever civic strike

CASTLEGAR - The City of Castlegar has finally ratified a new collective agreement with its civic workers – members of CUPE Local 2262.  CUPE members found out through local media that the mayor and council had voted to ratify the deal this morning, nine days after the union voted overwhelmingly to accept the collective agreement.

December 24, 2014

Castlegar city workers ratify six-year deal

CUPE 2262 members took to the street this morning to thanks strike supporters.CASTLEGAR – Striking Castlegar civic workers have ratified a new collective agreement. The 35 members of CUPE Local 2262 voted overwhelmingly last night to accept terms hammered out during two days of mediated talks with the City on Monday and Tuesday.

December 18, 2014

City and striking Castlegar workers to meet Monday

CASTLEGAR – The City of Castlegar has agreed to return to the bargaining table with CUPE Local 2262.  The city and union are scheduled to meet for mediated talks on Monday, December 22.

 The move follows more than five weeks of picket lines in the first civic strike in Castlegar’s history.  No bargaining has taken place since talks failed to find a resolution in September.  The 34 CUPE Local 2262 civic workers have been without a contract since February 2013.

 

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December 15, 2014

Castlegar Support Rally draws enthusiastic crowd

CASTLEGAR - The message was loud and clear at Friday’s support rally for striking Castlegar workers – you are NOT alone.

The 34 members of CUPE 2262 have been on the picket lines for more than a month and legally on strike since August. The city so far refuses to return to the bargaining table.

December 12, 2014

City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

CASTLEGAR - City workers, members of CUPE Local 2262, are holding a noon hour rally today outside city hall.  The event is a show of support from other unions and the community for the workers who have been on the picket line for more than a month.

CUPE Local 2262 president Leford Lafayette says it’s difficult to convey what the support of fellow unions like the Steelworkers and community members means to those 34 civic workers on strike.

December 2, 2014

All CUPE K-12 Locals ratify collective agreements

BURNABY- CUPE’s 57 BC K-12 Local bargaining committees have reached and ratified collective agreements, meeting the November 30 deadline.

“We’re pleased that all locals were able conclude local bargaining issues by the November 30 deadline,” says K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais.  “Locals can now focus and look forward to the gains we achieved in this round of bargaining.”

Locals bargained individually with school districts to achieve local agreements that added to the provincial framework agreement ratified by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in June.

November 26, 2014

Colleges reach template agreement

CISSBA committee members include Lily Bachand, Marcela Popovici, Marcel Beerken, Nicki Pearson, Michelle Waite, Juanita Fraser, Pam Catsirelis, Ryan Cousineau, Deborah Hopper, Richard Schaeffer, John Ross and spokespeople Ian McLean and Linsay Buss.

November 10, 2014

Solidarity and support on the Castlegar picket line

CASTLEGAR – CUPE 2262 members who work for the City of Castlegar were joined by friends and supporters as they began picketing on Saturday morning.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that solidarity on the line is strong and members are solidly behind the need to take full-scale strike action in order to pressure the City to get back to the bargaining table and find a fair deal.

November 5, 2014

Castlegar city workers prepare to take full strike action

CASTLEGAR – CUPE 2262 members who work for the City of Castlegar have issued 72-hour strike notice of a full withdrawal of service.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that following Monday night’s presentation to city council, it is clear that elected officials are not focused on getting back to the bargaining table and reaching a fair deal with city workers.