December 11, 2013

Answers needed on federal changes to settlement funding for English language training in BC colleges, CUPE BC

BURNABY-Hit with a potential total $22 million cut in federal settlement funding through the now cancelled Canada-BC Immigration Agreement, BC colleges delivering English language training have an uncertain future when unexplained changes come into effect on March 31, 2014.

“On April 1st, what happens for all of the students who depend on these services to be successful in their education?” asked CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “The Federal Government needs to provide some answers.” 

February 27, 2013

Tentative deal reached at VCC

VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 4627 and Vancouver Community College have finally reached a tentative new collective agreement after 15 months of bargaining. The tentative contract reached this afternoon is for a four-year no-concessions deal with a 4% wage increase (1-1-1-1%) over the final two years. (There were no wage increases for the first two years under the provincial government’s Net Zero Mandate).  The agreement must still be ratified by CUPE members and by the College Board. A union ratification vote is scheduled for March 12.

December 19, 2012

New Contract at New Caledonia

PRINCE GEORGE - Cupe Local 4951 support workers and the College of New Caledonia have reached a tentative four-year collective agreement. The no-concessions deal is in line with the provincial BC colleges framework worked out between CUPE and the BC Post Secondary Employers’ Association (on behalf of the provincial government). 

The agreement calls for no wage increases in the first two years, in keeping with the province’s Net Zero Mandate for 2010- 2011.

December 7, 2012

CUPE deal at Vancouver Island U

NANAIMO—CUPE support workers at Vancouver Island University have a new tentative agreement. The deal was reached this week after a final bargaining session between VIU and CUPE Local 1858. 

December 5, 2012

CUPE workers get contract at North Island College

COURTENAY—CUPE workers at North Island College have a new tentative collective agreement.  The agreement, signed yesterday, is a four-year, no-concessions agreement with four 1 per cent wage hikes spread over the final two years. 

The tentative contract is retroactive to 2010 and has

December 3, 2012

CUPE colleges construct framework deal

VANCOUVER—Three days of intense bargaining has produced a provincial framework deal for CUPE college support workers. The template for agreement was reached late Sunday night by the College and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) and the government’s BC Post Secondary Employers' Association.

November 27, 2012

College support workers launch three days of job actions

VICTORIA – CUPE college support workers are launching three days of job actions tomorrow aimed at getting the government to sign a collective agreement.  The actions by CUPE’s 3,000 college workers will range from shutting down specific departments to demonstrations outside local MLA’s offices. 

November 20, 2012

More BC colleges behind picket lines

VICTORIA–Five more BC community colleges are on strike.  The job action comes after failed last minute efforts by CUPE to get the provincial government to sign off on collective agreements with BC’s 3,000 CUPE college support workers.

November 15, 2012

BC College Workers Poised for Tuesday Strike

BC College Workers Poised for Tuesday Strike

NANAIMO – CUPE staff at BC’s colleges are readying for strike action.  Tentative plans call for an all-campus walkout starting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Organizers say they are leaving the door open for the BC government to stop stalling and settle with the 3,000 CUPE support workers who have been without a contract for 2 ½ years .

The CUPE locals have taken strike votes and are serving 72-hour strike notices this week.