September 21, 2009

CUPE forms historic K-12 provincial bargaining council in B.C.

RICHMOND—Close to 200 delegates from over 50 local unions in CUPE’s K-12 sector in British Columbia spent two days in Richmond to establish a provincial bargaining council, talk policy and show some solidarity.

CUPE national president Paul Moist gave the opening address to the group which represents CUPE’s 26,000 members in the BC K-12 sector.

September 16, 2009

CUPE K-12 locals in B.C. to form provincial bargaining council

RICHMOND—CUPE national president Paul Moist and CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill will join close to 200 delegates from more than 50 CUPE K–12 locals at an historic inaugural meeting of a provincial K–12 Presidents’ Council. The meeting will be on September 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (formerly the Richmond Inn).

September 16, 2009

CUPE K-12 locals in B.C. to form provincial bargaining council

RICHMOND—CUPE national president Paul Moist and CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill will join close to 200 delegates from more than 50 CUPE K–12 locals at an historic inaugural meeting of a provincial K–12 Presidents’ Council. The meeting will be on September 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (formerly the Richmond Inn).

In the key business of the meeting CUPE locals will establish bylaws, budgets and operating procedures for the new province-wide council.

September 1, 2009

Mass layoff notices mark beginning of school year

PENTICTON—Last minute cuts announced by the Ministry of Education have led the Okanagan Skaha School District (67) to take the unprecedented step of issuing layoff notices to almost 50 staff.

The services provided by members of CUPE local 523 who include maintenance, grounds, custodial and bussing staff will be affected by layoffs resulting from a $1.3 million cut to the district’s Annual Facilities Grant (AFG).

CUPE 523 president Zoe Magnus says that although the union was working with the employer to ensure that layoffs would take place in an orderly fashion, and would not

August 28, 2009

More instability for education with new funding cuts

BURNABY-CUPE BC is calling on government to reverse school district funding cuts announced yesterday, just as students and staff are preparing to begin the school year.

In a letter to school districts Deputy Education Minister Jim Gorman says that the annual facility grant to districts worth $110 million is being cancelled.

“This is a double whammy for district staff and boards of education who have been working diligently to deal with the budget that they were asked to work within just a few months ago,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

July 18, 2009

CUPE BC calls for universal kindergarten for 3-5 year-olds

Union urges government to prove its commitment to quality child care in schools

BURNABY — The introduction of all-day kindergarten in B.C. public schools for children aged three to five may significantly improve the lives of B.C. parents and children and needs to be introduced as soon as feasible, the B.C.

June 16, 2009

Member and public action help slow education cuts

NEW WESTMINSTER – Students, parents and staff in the New Westminster School District can breathe a little easier with some of the most serious proposed restructuring of support services averted.

June 5, 2009

CUPE sounds alarm on school budget cuts

NEW WESTMINSTER- CUPE 409 in the New Westminster School district is sounding the alarm about proposed budget cuts for the coming year.

Local president Marcel Marsolais says that close to one-third of his 350 members have received lay-off notices. “Our message is simple. These staff cuts will hurt students.

March 9, 2009

Education advocates host forum on public education

VICTORIA—Come and find out why B.C. education advocates are worried about our public education system – from K-12 through to university – at a free public forum for residents of Greater Victoria. The forum is sponsored by the BC Coalition for Public Education.

Join us to hear Dr. Paul Shaker, former Dean and Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. Dr.

March 1, 2009

CUPE backgrounder: Bill 20

Bill 20, THE SCHOOL (STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ENABLING) AMENDMENT ACT, 2007, was tabled in the B.C. Legislature on March 26. The legislation follows up on the B.C. government’s February Throne Speech, which proposed many significant changes to the School Act.

Key areas in which Bill 20 proposes changes include: school fees, power of superintendents, and model schools.