March 8, 2012

Oliver Municipal workers ratify a four-year agreement

OLIVER–CUPE municipal workers in Oliver have ratified a new four-year agreement with the Town of Oliver.

A settlement was reached Wednesday evening and comes after the local had taken a 100 percent strike vote last month.

March 8, 2012

Fraser Valley Regional District workers ratify three-year deal

FRASER VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT—CUPE Local 458 workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement.

The Regional District workers and the employer, with the help of mediator Debbie Cameron, have a new contract which runs until December 31, 2013.  Included in the package are wage increases of 2 per cent (2011), 1.5 per cent (2012) and 1.5 per cent (2013).

March 5, 2012

World’s best municipal tap water is right here in B.C.

GREENWOOD—The smallest city in Canada has been awarded the honour of “world’s best municipal tap water.”

Greenwood, B.C. took home the title of world’s best municipal tap water at the 22nd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia. The competition received entries from a dozen states, Canada and South Korea.

January 13, 2012

City of Nanaimo workers ratify three-year deal

NANAIMO— CUPE municipal workers and the City of Nanaimo have ratified a new collective agreement.

750 members of CUPE 401 have approved a new deal that includes a two per cent wage increase in each of the three years, as well as significant improvements to extended health care coverage and improvements to the language.

CUPE 401 vice-president Laurence Amy says that the local “is pleased with the outcome from this round of bargaining.

December 15, 2011

Eleven three-year collective agreements ratified in Victoria

VICTORIA—Eleven CUPE bargaining units have ratified new three-year collective agreements with their respective employers and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA).

CUPE 50, CUPE 333, CUPE 374, CUPE 410 and CUPE 1978 were all notified on December 14 that the GVLRA had voted in favour of ratifying the agreements.

December 1, 2011

Village of Harrison Hot Springs workers ratify three-year deal

Village of Harrison Hot Springs—CUPE Local 458 workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs.

The Village workers and the Village have a new deal which expires on Dec. 31, 2013.  Included in the package are wage increases of 1.5 percent (2011), 1.75 per cent (2012) and two per cent (2013).

November 23, 2011

Garbage collection changes coming to Victoria

VICTORIA – The longstanding tradition of full backyard garbage pick-up could be coming to an end in Victoria.                          

The City of Victoria has launched its new proposals to change the way garbage is picked up in the city. The City will be mailing a survey to Victoria residents who will get to vote on three new options for garbage collection.

October 31, 2011

CUPE 1004 cuts the cake for its first century

Former 1004 president Dave Long, CUPE president Paul Moist and current 1004 president Mike Jackson.

VANCOUVER—CUPE 1004 celebrated its 100th birthday this week with a gala reception at the city-owned Pavilion in Stanley Park.

As well as lots of rank-and-file city workers and shop stewards, the event attracted an impressive list of longtime 1004 and CUPE movers and shakers.  Those on hand to cut the cake included CUPE 1004 president Mike Jackson, longtime former president Dave Long, CUPE local

October 28, 2011

Cultus Lake Park workers ratify three-year deal

CULTUS LAKE—CUPE Local 458 workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement at Cultus Lake Park.

The Park workers and the Park Board have a new deal which expires on Dec. 31, 2013.  Included in the package are wage increases of two per cent in each of the three years.

October 21, 2011

CRD municipal workers reach tentative agreement

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 1978 and the Capital Regional District (CRD) have reached a tentative contract settlement.

Details will be released once the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the CRD and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association have all ratified the new agreement. The parties were in negotiations for nearly six months. Their last collective agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2010.

CUPE Local 1978 represents approximately 570 CRD municipal workers.