Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers. CUPE 716 says the district budget shouldn’t be balanced at the expense of workers and the students they serve. “Our top priority is ensuring our […]

Working together for B.C. workers: Laird Cronk

VICTORIA – Celebrating the accomplishments of B.C.’s labour movement while keeping an eye on the fights still ahead was the uplifting message brought to the CUPE BC 2022 Convention by Laird Cronk, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour (BCFED). “It’s great to be with people again, to feel the energy again…. you’re doing some […]

Desmond Cole: Disrupt power where you work, where you live, where you hang out

VICTORIA—The third day of CUPE BC’s 2022 convention began with a challenge to our union to move out of its comfort zone in confronting racism and colonialism. In his keynote address, journalist, activist, and best-selling author Desmond Cole started a frank discussion about what CUPE members can do to support Black and Indigenous peoples, and […]

Bulletin – Paid sick leave for all K-12 members

All workers in the province are now provided with five days of paid sick leave off work – including unionized workers under a collective agreement – under new changes to the Employment Standards Act, as of March 31,2022. This means that all K-12 members – including casual, temporary, and probationary workers – should be entitled […]

Bulletin – Updated Communicable Disease Guidelines

The Ministry of Education has issued a new update to the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings. The updates reflect current Provincial Health Officer orders and guidance from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. This update is effective Saturday April 16 to allow time for planning before the Easter long weekend. This update […]

Bulletin – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Last year marked the first time September 30th – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – was recognized as a federal statutory holiday. The Province of B.C. made a public commitment to engage Indigenous Peoples on how to best observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation followed by engagement with stakeholders in key […]

Union raises alarm on eliminating daytime custodial services in Victoria schools

VICTORIA – Eliminating daytime custodial services is an ill-conceived plan that will leave Victoria schools less clean and healthy, lead to increased spread of common illnesses, and more student and staff absences due to illness, says Victoria school support workers. The Canadian Union of Public Employees local 382 is calling on Victoria School District 61 […]

Bulletin – Bargaining Update: far apart on money issues, more work to be done

The K-12 provincial bargaining committee met last week with their counterparts from the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association. This third session focused primarily on monetary issues, including wages and term for a new provincial framework agreement. After years of chronic underfunding by past provincial governments, inflation driving up our province’s already high cost of living, […]

Bulletin – March Mobilizing Mondays!

K-12 locals across the province are in preparations for local bargaining. So, throughout March, CUPE Education is launching Mobilizing Mondays – every Monday of the month CUPE will be virtually hosting the Mobilizing for Bargaining workshop for K-12 locals. In this online workshop, locals will learn to assess how well their members are engaged. The […]

Bulletin – Updates for K-12 sector COVID guidelines

Last week, the provincial health officer announced changes to public health orders. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has updated its guidance to the K-12 sector on the preventative measures needed to limit the spread of COVID in schools. As of February 18, some of the enhanced measures implemented earlier this year have been rescinded. […]