July 28, 2011

OutGames 2011: CUPE members discuss LGBT issues

VANCOUVER-With thousands of visiting athletes and activists in town for the OutGames and human rights conference, members of CUPE BC's Pink Triangle working group and other LGBT activists from CUPE took time out earlier this week to discuss issues affecting sexual minorities today.

In a short series of "Pride profiles," the members talk about issues including gay-straight alliances in schools and efforts to combat cyber bullying, as well as CUPE's role in supporting its LGBT members.

"It's great to see so many of our members stepping forward to get involved in defending LGBT r

June 22, 2011

Aboriginal Day celebrations a big success

VANCOUVER – Organizers are calling National Aboriginal Day celebrations held in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park yesterday the best yet – and the second of many more to come.  This is the second year for the event and CUPE was once again a major sponsor.

The five-hour celebration featured a full slate of music, dancing and singing for a crowd of hundreds (see our photo gallery).

June 20, 2011

Kids First at Aboriginal Celebration

VANCOUVER—The run up to tomorrow’s National Aboriginal Day was held Saturday at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Events centred on kids with face painting, storytelling and hoop dancing.  Visit the CUPE BC gallery for photos from Aboriginal Kids’ Day.

Tomorrow the celebration continues at Oppenheimer (440 Powell Street) as one of the events taking place across the country. This year’s theme is Respect, Honour and Kindness.

May 10, 2011

May is Asian Heritage Month

The members of our diverse, vibrant and growing Asian Canadian community across the country are taking pride in sharing their rich cultural heritage this month.

Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and to promote the many achievements and contributions they have made to our union and in communities across the country.

“In celebrating Asian Heritage and taking part in the festivities across the country CUPE members will learn more about the Asian society, which is a beautiful fabric of different people, different b

March 21, 2011

CUPE members a visible presence at anti-racism rally

VANCOUVER—Today (March 21) is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, the 51st anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid’s passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186.

February 10, 2011

CUPE BC celebrates Black History Month

BURNABY—In an effort to promote an active and inclusive union and to promote equality in our society and our workplaces, CUPE BC and its members celebrate black history every year during the month of February.

This is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions made to British Columbian society, and to our Union, by Canadians of African origin, past and present.

November 23, 2010

Union moves forward with ambitious human rights agenda

MAKING IT HAPPEN—Delegates and staff pose following adjournment of the high-energy, two-day conference. The workshops produced several recommendations for CUPE BC to pursue in advancing human rights.

Conference ends with key recommendations on several issues

RICHMOND—CUPE BC’s first human rights conference wrapped up on November 20 with delegates united and excited about the union’s role in advancing equality in B.C.

November 22, 2010

Panel discussion highlights current human rights challenges

DIVERSITY NOT BLACK AND WHITE—Erica Williams addresses delegates on the gender continuum as co-panelists Michael Byers and Arthur Manuel (left) and conference co-chair Shehnaz Motani (right) look on.

RICHMOND—CUPE BC’s human rights conference got down to business on November 19 with a compelling panel discussion that explored current challenges in the field of human rights.

Arthur Manuel, spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET), began the plenary with a talk on aborigi

November 10, 2010

CUPE BC human rights conference opens on Nov. 18

RICHMOND—CUPE human rights activists are gearing up for a big conference (“Human Rights – Making it Happen,” November 18-20) which opens next week at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

The conference will for the first time bring all four of CUPE BC’s equity-seeking groups—workers of colour, aboriginal workers, workers with disabilities and pink triangle workers—under one umbrella to tackle key equality and human rights issues facing workers today, both on the job and in society at large.

“There are so many important issues right now surrounding human rights,

September 21, 2010

Human Rights – CUPE activists are ‘making it happen’

RICHMOND—Activists will celebrate key victories while strategizing for continuing challenges at CUPE BC’s human rights conference (November 18-20, 2010, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond).

Themed “Human Rights - Making it Happen”, the conference will for the first time bring all four of CUPE BC’s equity-seeking groups—workers of colour, aboriginal workers, workers with disabilities and pink triangle workers—under one umbrella to tackle key equality and human rights issues facing workers today, both on the job and in society at large.

The keynote speaker will be BC H