Employer and union “hit a home run” with new contract for Chetwynd municipal workers

CHETWYND – CUPE Local 3052 and the District of Chetwynd in northeastern B.C., have ratified a four-year collective agreement, that for the first time includes recognition of a new category of workers. The deal, reached after just three days of negotiations, gives employees better scheduling of overtime, annual pay increases of two per cent, a […]

District of Coldstream and union for municipal workers to go to mediation

COLDSTREAM – The District of Coldstream and CUPE Local 626, which represents municipal workers, will begin mediation on Monday, after bargaining talks broke down in August, says the union.  The BC Labour Relations Board appointed mediator Grant McArthur to mediate contract talks between the two sides.  “Affordability is a real issue for our members, as it is for many residents of the […]

Bowen Island municipal workers vote to join Canada’s largest union

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 is pleased to welcome nine new members to its local, who are employed by Bowen Island Municipality. All outdoor workers, the new members will be represented by their own unit of CUPE 1004, also known as Vancouver Civic Employees Union. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board granted the application for certification […]

UVic sessional lecturers reach tentative agreement

VICTORIA— The union representing sessional lecturers at the University of Victoria (UVic) has reached a tentative agreement that addresses low wages and job security. CUPE 4163 Component 3 reached the agreement after two days of mediation, and months of protracted talks. “It was a frustrating round of bargaining, but we’re pleased that the mediator was […]

K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Skaha reach tentative agreement

PENTICTON — CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 67 in Okanagan-Skaha reached a tentative agreement on Sept. 23, following five bargaining sessions that began June 20. CUPE Local 523 Acting President Tammie Koroluk said that this round of bargaining was a new experience for the bargaining committee, who is bargaining separately with the three districts […]

UNBC and TAs reach first collective agreement after “speedy” negotiation

PRINCE GEORGE – The first collective agreement for CUPE 2278 teaching assistants at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has now been ratified by both parties, said the union. Getting to the table was a long process that began last year but once there, a deal was reached after just four days of bargaining. […]