Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council concluded at their quarterly meeting held on Thursday. In addition to local updates and a sector bargaining review, Council members discussed a report from […]

In memoriam: Bernice Kirk

The CUPE BC family is mourning the loss of former president and secretary-treasurer Bernice Kirk, who passed away on Friday. A fierce defender of workers’ rights and public services who believed in the power of political action, Sister Bernice was a Coquitlam school board employee and CUPE activist who, after serving as president of Local […]

Canadians deserve a limitless future: Jagmeet Singh

VICTORIA—The Confidence and Supply Agreement between the federal Liberals and New Democratic Party depended on the enactment of NDP policy—and New Democrats will be pushing for more progressive change every step of the way, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh told delegates in his convention address. Singh began by noting people’s increasing anxiety due to the pandemic, […]

Surpluses helping CUPE BC to better support members and locals: Davies

VICTORIA—Since erasing its debt last year, CUPE BC has continued to enjoy sound financial health and now has a greater capacity for growth that will allow the union to support locals and expand its campaign work, Secretary-Treasurer Trevor Davies told delegates in his annual report to Convention. The B.C. Division ended 2021 with a surplus […]

CUPE solidarity is a critical factor in resisting the hard right: Hancock

VICTORIA—The rise of federal Conservative Party leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre and the recent ‘Freedom Convoy’ movement, along with growing concerns about racism and increasing pressure for cost-cutting austerity, has made CUPE activism and solidarity all the more critical, CUPE National President Mark Hancock told delegates in his convention address. “It’s been another difficult year fighting […]

Day of Mourning – CUPE BC statement

Today, on our National Day of Mourning, we honour the memory of workers who have been killed or injured or experienced disease and illness as a direct result of their work. This day, established by CUPE activists, has grown into an international event marked by labour and social justice organizations around the world. Despite the […]

The only way we win is when we stand together: Ranalletta

VICTORIA—CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta opened the union’s 58th annual convention on Wednesday with a heartfelt message of gratitude for CUPE members’ dedication to their communities during the global pandemic, also celebrating recent victories and committing the union’s 104,000 members to defending public services in tough times. More than 500 delegates are registered to attend […]

CUPE 1760, United Way BC improve mental health coverage and convert multiple precarious jobs to regular status

BURNABY—United Way British Columbia (UWBC) and CUPE Local 1760 have agreed to increase extended health coverage to a combined maximum of $1,200 per year per person for accessing psychologists (including clinical psychologists), registered clinical counsellors, social workers, and online cognitive behavioural therapists. This agreement was reached outside of the collective bargaining process, which is currently […]

British Columbians need a fully funded 9-1-1 service now: CUPE 8911

VANCOUVER—The COVID-19 pandemic and recent extreme weather events have highlighted more than ever the need for properly staffed, fully funded 9-1-1 emergency call taking and dispatch services in British Columbia. That’s the public message of the Emergency Communications Professionals of BC (CUPE 8911) for this year’s Emergency Service Dispatchers and 9-1-1 Awareness Week (April 10-16). […]

CUPE BC celebrates Community Social Services Awareness Month

BURNABY—March is Community Social Services (CSS) Awareness Month. CUPE BC honours and appreciates the more than 3,500 CUPE members who work in community social services. These include community support workers for the developmentally challenged, employment counsellors, addiction counsellors, legal advocates, early childhood educators and more. B.C.’s frontline community social service workers and agencies help build […]