July 4, 2012

CUPE Supports Cowichan School Board’s Stand

COWICHAN— CUPE’s K-12 local in the Cowichan Valley has come out in strong support of fired School District 79 school trustees. The democratically-elected SD 79 Board was fired on Canada Day for submitting a needs-based budget instead of the province’s demand for a “balanced” budget.

June 21, 2012

CUPE K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee Meets

RICHMOND—The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Provincial Bargaining Committee held its first meeting Wednesday in Richmond. Regional representatives from across the province met to start the process of mapping out 2012 bargaining priorities and strategy.

June 20, 2012

Aboriginal Education Assistant Report released

VANCOUVER–The Canadian Union of Public Employees has released a new report outlining the challenges facing Aboriginal Education Assistants in BC. The report follows CUPE’s groundbreaking Respect & Recognition survey of EAs first released in 2008. 

Aboriginal EAs voice many of the same concerns as their non‐Aboriginal counterparts – unpaid work, lack of scheduled work hours, lack of opportunity to plan, prepare or consult, and inadequate training.  There are also areas where Aboriginal EAs face unique challenges. The report finds that:

May 18, 2012

CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Terry Allen retires

BURNABY – Longtime CUPE activist and CUPE 379 president Terry Allen is retiring after 33 years with the Burnaby School District.  He was president of CUPE 379 for the past 15 of those years after serving as a shop steward and a first vice-president.

Always a champion of CUPE workers’ rights, Allen has been a driving force behind coordinated bargaining and most recently served as chair of the CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council. 

April 28, 2012

CUPE BC convention passes emergency resolution on school calendar changes

VICTORIA—In response to the introduction of Bill 36 by the BC Liberal government, delegates at CUPE BC’s 49th Annual Convention in Victoria passed an emergency resolution opposing the elimination of the standard school year. Delegates expressed concern that the proposed changes are more about the bottom line and budgets than quality education.

March 20, 2012

Early Childhood Educators join CUPE

SURREY —More than one hundred Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in Surrey have voted in favour of joining CUPE 402.

CUPE 402 president, Laurie Larsen, welcomed the new members at the local’s most recent general membership meeting.

March 6, 2012

CUPE rallies in support of BC teachers

BURNABY—CUPE members from across BC will take a stand with BC teachers in their fight against Bill 22 and for free collective bargaining. Many will be in Victoria for the rally at the BC Legislature on Tuesday, but check out the list below for a rally near your own community.

Tuesday, March 6

March 5, 2012

CUPE members to rally in support of free collective bargaining tomorrow

BURNABY—CUPE fully supports the British Columbia Teachers Federation's struggle against Bill 22 and their fight for free collective bargaining. To that end, CUPE will be participating in the mass rally on Tuesday, March 6 at the Legislature in Victoria, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill said today.

March 1, 2012

BCTF Job Action Update - What all CUPE members in BC need to know

BURNABY—On Thursday March 1, 2012, the BCTF served notice that it will commence a three day strike starting Monday March 5, 2012. The BCTF has reached an agreement with the employer through the Labour Relations Board that will see no picket lines go up during the strike. The agreement, which the BCTF has asked CUPE to honour, means CUPE members in the K-12 sector are expected to show up to work as scheduled, but should not perform any student supervision which is teacher and administrator work.

February 28, 2012

CUPE rallies with teachers during BCTF day of action

BURNABY—On Monday, February 27, CUPE members from across British Columbia joined with the BC Teachers’ Federation to participate in the BCTF’s day of action and show solidarity against the government’s plan to force a new contract on teachers through legislation.

CUPE fully supports the BCTF and their locals in their struggle to maintain free collective bargaining in British Columbia.