April 9, 2010

Provincial underfunding to blame for VSB budget woes

VANCOUVER—Education minister Margaret MacDiarmid was not on hand to hear the community struggle with an $18 million funding shortfall in the Vancouver school district.

“It is truly shameful that this minister refuses to come face-to-face with the trustees, parents, staff and students who are being hurt by underfunding,” said CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro. Trustees on the Vancouver Board of Education had invited the minister to attend.

April 8, 2010

Wear Pink Again on Wednesday, April 14

BURNABY—On Wednesday, April 14 CUPE members will be donning pink shirts – for the second time this year – to participate in B.C.’s “Stop Bullying Day.” CUPE members also wore pink on February 26 to mark Canada-wide Stop Bullying Day. The date for B.C.’s participation was changed because of the Olympics.

Locals and members can order No Bullying T-shirts at a cost of $15 each from CUPE BC.

April 7, 2010

Haitian activist to bring thanks to CUPE BC convention

BURNABY— The leader of Haiti’s largest union will bring greetings from his earthquake-ravaged country, and a message of gratitude for international support in the relief effort, at the 47th annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, B.C. division (April 21-24).

Dukens Raphael, secretary-general of Haiti’s Confederation of Public and Private Sector Workers, is the featured international guest speaker at this year’s CUPE BC convention, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Mr.

March 31, 2010

Province sends paramedics to health sector

VICTORIA – The BC government has moved to break up the unified bargaining unit for the province's 3,600 ambulance paramedics. The Ministry of Labour released the announcement late Wednesday after cursory "consultations" with CUPE 873 and other health sector unions and employers.

The government decided against creating a bargaining unit specifically for paramedics. The decision will send paramedics into one or more of five health-sector bargaining units, decided by a likely lengthy and expensive hearing process before the B.C. Labour Relations Board.

March 31, 2010

Win for public sewage treatment in Victoria

VICTORIA—Residents of Greater Victoria have the option of choosing fully public sewage treatment and resource recovery.

On March 31, Capital Regional District (CRD) directors gave final approval to a business case that will see public operation in at least five, and possibly all seven communities mandated to develop sewage treatment.

“We know there is more to do, but at this stage it is important to acknowledge the residents and community activists who have made their voices heard in support of public sewage treatment, and the elected officials in the CRD who really listened

March 31, 2010

Two UBC locals ready for bargaining

VANCOUVER —Support workers in CUPE locals 116 and 2950 at the University of British Columbia have served notice for bargaining.

The two locals represent 3,600 workers in trades, custodial, food services, clerical, library, technicians, and support workers at the Chan centre. They join university support workers in other CUPE locals across the province whose contracts expire today (March 31). CUPE university workers' locals are coordinating their independent bargaining efforts through CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee.

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March 30, 2010

University workers set to bargain

VICTORIA – University support workers in several CUPE locals have served notice to bargain with their respective employers.

The CUPE workers provide important services at universities across the province including maintenance, administrative support, custodial support, food services, horticulture, child care, teaching assistance, print shops, IT services/technical support and library services.

March 29, 2010

HSPBA begins bargaining to improve health care delivery

BURNABY–Talks got underway today for a new collective agreement for health science professionals who deliver critical diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services that British Columbians depend on for their good health.

The bargaining committee’s mandate is to achieve a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.

CUPE is a member of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), in which the Health Science Associations of BC (HSA) is the lead union, and also includes members of BCGEU, PEA,

March 25, 2010

Local elections need level playing field

BURNABY—Local elections in British Columbia should be conducted under the supervision of BC’s Chief Electoral Officer, and the province should reject calls to grant corporations the right to vote, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said today in a submission to the Local Government Elections Task Force.

“The civic elections in 2008 saw an average voter turnout of just 27 per cent,” said O’Neill.

March 25, 2010

Township layoffs ‘out of the blue’

LANGLEY – With a stroke of the pen, the Township of Langley has chopped its bylaw enforcement by 50 per cent. Two of its four bylaw enforcement officers, both members of CUPE 403, received layoff notices yesterday “effective immediately”.