June 16, 2014

Presidents’ Council ratifies K-12 provincial framework agreement

VANCOUVER – The K-12 Presidents’ Council today ratified the provincial framework agreement it negotiated on behalf of education support workers with the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).

“Every region of the province was represented at the bargaining table,” said K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais. “The ratification gives us a really good sense that the majority of locals are satisfied with moving this forward to the next step, which is to get local bargaining done and ratified at the local level.”

June 9, 2014

CUPE releases additional details of tentative provincial framework agreement for K–12 education support workers

BURNABY – On Saturday, June 7, 2014 the K-12 Presidents’ Council and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached a tentative provincial framework agreement.

“We’re pleased to conclude a strong agreement that improves education for students and benefits our 27,000 members,” said K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais.  “This agreement is a significant improvement over our last one since increases are provincially funded and will remove pressure on school boards.”

June 8, 2014

CUPE reaches tentative provincial agreement for K–12 education support workers

BURNABY – On Saturday, June 7, 2014 the K-12 Presidents’ Council and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached a tentative provincial framework agreement.

“We’re pleased to conclude a strong agreement that improves education for students and benefits our 27,000 members,” said K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair, Marcel Marsolais.

The tentative agreement fits within the provincial government’s current mandate.  Additional details of the agreement will be released tomorrow morning, after the K–12 Presidents’ Council has reviewed it.

June 3, 2014

CUPE education support workers begin bargaining

BURNABY – CUPE will begin bargaining a new collective agreement this afternoon on behalf of education support workers throughout British Columbia. 

“We are looking to reach a fair and reasonable settlement for our members,” said K-12 sector coordinator Rob Hewitt.

CUPE will exchange proposals with the Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) today.

Hewitt says that funding public education is a top priority for CUPE.

June 2, 2014

Striking Naramata workers feel the support

NARAMATA – It was a typically beautiful South Okanagan day for a solidarity rally in Naramata on Saturday, May 31.

Speaking to the crowd who had come from all over the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland to show their support for striking Naramata Centre workers, CUPE 608 President Brianne Hillson began by reading letters of support from CUPE National President Paul Moist, COPE 378 President David Black, and CLC President Hassan Yussuff.

May 31, 2014

White Rock city workers ratify new agreement

WHITE ROCK – CUPE workers ended their month-long job action today, ratifying a new four-year collective agreement.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that CUPE members stood together and, in taking historic strike action, made it clear to their employer that they were serious about the issues on the bargaining table.

May 30, 2014

Tentative agreement reached for White Rock civic workers

WHITE ROCK – The City of White Rock and CUPE workers have reached a tentative agreement.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that details of the settlement will be released pending a ratification vote by local members tomorrow (Saturday).

CUPE 402-01 represents 100 City of White Rock workers. The union began job action with an overtime ban, with rotating strikes beginning on May 2.  Full strike action at all city facilities has been ongoing since Monday, May 12.

This is the first time in the history of CUPE 402-01 that the union has taken strike action.

May 21, 2014

Rally for striking White Rock workers attracts big crowd, high energy

WHITE ROCK - Members of CUPE Local 402-01 walking the picket line in White Rock were joined yesterday by CUPE BC officers, CUPE members from around the Lower Mainland, members of other unions, and representatives of the BC Federation of Labour for a solidarity rally outside White Rock City Hall.

May 15, 2014

No movement from employer in White Rock labour dispute

WHITE ROCK – CUPE workers are frustrated and questioning how City negotiators could come back to the bargaining table today unprepared and with no proposals to assist in getting to a settlement.

May 15, 2014

Picket lines up at United Church Naramata Centre

NARAMATA- Members of CUPE 608 are on the picket lines today, following yesterday’s rejection of the employer’s final offer.  Long-term and loyal employees are on strike to say no to the United Church Centre’s proposal to contract out key service areas, including food and beverage, and grounds maintenance.

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