December 11, 2009

Turning up the heat on education funding

VANCOUVER – CUPE BC’s provincial executive, which is meeting in Vancouver, applauded the joint work between school trustees, parents, teachers and staff in response to serious government underfunding.

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill says that there has been an historic response across the province to the Liberal government’s arrogant and short-sighted cost cutting, with many districts sending joint letters to government about funding problems.

“The harmful impact of cuts and downloaded costs on the education of B.C.

October 28, 2009

Joel Bakan urges CUPE to keep protecting public education

VANCOUVER – Conference participants were on their feet more than once during the opening night of CUPE BC’s Champions for Public Education conference on Monday. About 250 CUPE members and staff from the K-12, university and college sectors have come together for two days to share information and participate in workshops.

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill opened the conference and talked about the important links between CUPE’s more than 40,000 education workers and all CUPE members.

October 7, 2009

Trustees, parents join call to reverse cuts

BURNABY—CUPE BC has joined with other education partners to ask Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid to reverse budget cuts that are eroding B.C.’s public education system.

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.