Celebrate, honour, and learn about Black History

Black History Month: February 1 – 28, 2022 February is Black History Month, it is a time to celebrate and highlight Black history and culture, and to honour the ancestors and upcoming leaders of Black communities, their accomplishments, and their continued fight for liberation. It is also a time for all Canadians to reflect and […]

Successful library sector bargaining conference educates and inspires

BURNABY—CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta welcomed participants to the B.C. library sector bargaining training and conference held January 26 – 28 via Zoom. Ranalletta said that the pandemic has highlighted the importance of the work public library workers do in communities. “Having a public library open in a community helps it thrive, not just survive.” […]

CUPE members step up during flood disaster

BURNABY—It’s not unusual for CUPE municipal members throughout B.C. to work day and night to keep communities safe. Following heavy rains, CUPE members on the Island are out making sure that debris is removed from catch basins and that streams remain clear and flowing. In Whistler/Pemberton, the recent challenge of more than 100 millimetres of […]

CUPE welcomes Chilliwack Crime Prevention workers

CHILLIWACK – The Canadian Union of Public Employees is welcoming workers at the Chilliwack Crime Prevention Society as new members in Canada’s largest union. In a vote held earlier this month, nine Crime Prevention Society staff voted unanimously to join CUPE 458. “We are extremely pleased to welcome these new members into our union and […]

PG library workers ratify first collective agreement

PRINCE GEORGE—Prince George Public Library workers voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first collective agreement in a vote that concluded on November 9. The CUPE 4951-04 bargaining committee had met with the employer for six intense days of bargaining that concluded on October 29. The Library Board has also ratified the new contract. As well as […]

Collaboration makes Summer Reading Club meaningful to community

This final feature marking National Library Month covers the BCLA Summer Reading Club award given to CUPE 389 members Kate Longley from the North Vancouver City Library and Danielle Wing from the North Vancouver District Library. This commentary by CUPE BC President Karen Ranalletta also spotlights the important services CUPE members provide in libraries. NORTH […]

Bowen Island municipal workers unanimously endorse first contract

BOWEN ISLAND—Municipal workers on Bowen Island, members of CUPE 1004, achieved a historic first contract following a unanimous ratification vote that concluded on November 1. “This first contract sets a good framework for our members to build on in upcoming rounds of bargaining,” said CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger. “I’d like to thank the bargaining […]

Partnership and support for Surrey’s Somali community recognized

SURREY—CUPE 402-02 member Tania Thomas enjoys being an agent of change. “I can lead and take positions of influence for oppressed communities within my own organization and in the library field,” said Thomas. “I can be their voice at the table and take action on things that need to change.” Thomas says that her Surrey […]

CUPE 339 member’s programs feted at 2021 BCLA Awards

During October, National Library Month, we are featuring the five CUPE members who won recognition as 2021 BC Library Association award winners. Congratulations to CUPE 339 member Melodie Rae Storey, winner of the BCLA Young Adult and Children’s Services award. “Amazing, innovative, and special” is how the BC Library Association described the programs developed by Nelson […]

CUPE 23 job evaluation settlement well worth the effort

BURNABY—CUPE 23 recently won a major arbitration that brings overdue equity to parks and recreation members. The ruling – affecting over 200 members working in Clerk 1, 2, and 3 positions – will increase their wages one to two dollars per hour on average. All members covered under the arbitrated settlement will also receive retroactive […]