February 23, 2012

BCTF Day of Action

BURNABY—On Monday, February 27, BC Teachers’ Federation members will participate in a day of action to respond to the government fact finder's report on BCTF/BCPSEA bargaining.  

The day of action will see BCTF members work bell-to-bell, and attend lunch-time school-based union meetings to review the report and plan further action. BCTF locals may also hold after school demonstrations. CUPE members are not expected to be affected by day of action activities. If concerns arise, please contact your local union. 

January 27, 2012

CUPE progressing on K-12 local agreements

BURNABY– In December, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 26,000 members in B.C.’s public school system, reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public School Employers’ Association. That agreement (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012) was overwhelmingly endorsed by CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council that is made up of presidents from the 55 different locals.

To complete the bargaining process each local union must reach a tentative agreement at their local table by February 29, 2012.

December 20, 2011

Tentative provincial agreement endorsed by K-12 Presidents’ Council

BURNABY—CUPE has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee after two more full days at the bargaining table on December 13 and 14. The agreement was presented to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council on December 15 and it was overwhelmingly endorsed by council members.  The Presidents’ Council is made up of presidents from 55 CUPE K-12 locals and is the body that set the priorities for the bargaining committee.

December 15, 2011

CUPE reaches tentative school support staff deal

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 26,000 school support staff in British Columbia, has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association. The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee and will be recommended to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement.

October 20, 2011

CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council meets to set provincial bargaining priorities

52 of CUPE's 55 K-12 presidents listen to a presentation from the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee.

BURNABY—The presidents of CUPE’s K-12 support staff locals met in Richmond Wednesday to discuss the progress of provincial bargaining, set key priorities, and identify the next steps towards securing a provincial settlement.

June 22, 2011

Parents and staff say no to cuts for most vulnerable students

TERRACE—CUPE 2052 joined parents, teachers and other concerned citizens to call on the Board of Education to rethink unfair budget cuts that hit classrooms and students.

Wilma Maier, president of CUPE 2052 representing support staff in the Coast Mountain School District, was at the meeting to send a strong message.

“We know that the provincial government is underfunding education.

June 14, 2011

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district brings IT services back in, saves money

MAPLE RIDGE—School District 42 (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows) will bring Information Technology (IT) services in house as part of a review of district cost saving measures. The district is finalizing its 2011-12 budget and anticipates annual savings to be about $100,000.

“We are very pleased that the district is willing to look at its financial situation in an open way.

May 20, 2011

Coast Mountain schools proposes major concessions

TERRACE- Bargainers for CUPE 2052 (Coast Mountain Schools) left the table this week with close to 60 pages of management proposals for concessions.

Among the most offensive of the employer proposals are those to:

May 18, 2011

CUPE education bargainers meet – build solidarity

Terry Allen, Michelle Waite, Colleen Garbe and Lois Rugg.VANCOUVER—CUPE college and university bargaining committees met this week with the chair of the CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council to talk issues and strategy.

May 12, 2011

Edmonton school board says no to big box child care

EDMONTON—The Edmonton Public School Board has taken steps to prevent the advancement of big box day care centres on school property. The decision occurred in light of a request by the publicly traded corporation Edleun, which is based in Calgary. According to the Edmonton Journal, Edleun owns 22 centres in Alberta, including three in Edmonton, and recently bought six in British Columbia.