Provincial Budget shows BCNDP government’s commitment to building back better by investing in public services

VICTORIA—Today’s provincial budget makes important investments that continue the BCNDP government’s work to address the key issues impacting workers and their families, CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta said today. “I’m very happy to see that our advocacy for bringing before- and after-school childcare into B.C. public schools is beginning to pay off,” said Ranalletta, who […]

Statement from CUPE BC

BURNABY–It has come to our attention that CUPE National’s logo is being used to promote a “protest” event without our authorization. Without drawing additional attention to this event, we wish to make it clear that our union has not endorsed nor is associated with the upcoming action in any way. As we have throughout the […]

CUPE BC launches media campaigns to support public services, advocate for public childcare

BURNABY—British Columbia’s biggest union is taking to the airwaves, digital media and the streets with a province-wide advertising campaign to remind people of the importance of public services as we work to build back better from the pandemic. CUPE BC has also launched the latest phase of its advocacy campaign for affordable quality childcare, focusing […]

School support workers call for daytime cleaning to keep schools open

Burnaby – With students returning to B.C. classrooms, the union representing over 30,000 school support workers is calling for additional measures to reduce absences due to COVID-19 and other illnesses, in particular adding daytime cleaning. In the face of the Omicron variant and the Public Health Officer advising school districts to prepare for functional closures, […]

CUPE BC Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

CUPE BC’s Executive Board issued the following statement today: Today, November 25, is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the beginning of the UN’s annual 16 Days of Action that culminate on December 10, Human Rights Day. The statistics collected by the United Nations around the world remain horrifying—one […]

CUPE BC endorses Hancock and Rennick for National Officers

In advance of next month’s CUPE National Convention, CUPE BC’s Executive Board is endorsing Mark Hancock for re-election as National President and Candace Rennick for National Secretary-Treasurer. CUPE BC is also encouraging delegates to Convention to re-elect Lee Ann Kalen for General Vice President, Karen Ranalletta and Barb Nederpel for Regional Vice Presidents, and Shireen […]

CUPE BC’s ‘One Big Committee Meeting’ goes virtual

Committee membership often the beginning of lifetime activism–Ranalletta BURNABY—CUPE BC’s biennial “One Big Committee Meeting,” which brings together all the members of the union’s 21 committees for the first meeting of their two-year term, started yesterday online rather than in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nearly 200 committee members began two days of collective orientation, […]

Vaccine mandate for provincial public service makes sense—CUPE BC

Given rising cases in public schools, K-12 system vaccine mandates next logical step BURNABY—Today’s announcement from the B.C. government implementing mandatory vaccinations across the public service makes sense as they are the best proven measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta said today. “Throughout the pandemic CUPE […]