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March 21, 2016

CUPE 4163 reaches tentative agreement at UVic

VICTORIA – After a prolonged bargaining process, CUPE 4163 reached a tentative agreement on behalf of workers in Components 1 and 2 at the University of Victoria.  The agreement was reached late on Friday.

Details of the tentative agreement will not be released publicly until CUPE 4163 members have reviewed the agreement and held a ratification vote, expected to be completed by the end of March.

March 11, 2016

CUPE Women’s Day event a big hit in Downtown Eastside


VANCOUVER – Local celebrations for this year’s International Women’s Day featured a successful community event in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, with the best turnout ever at the annual Aboriginal Friendship Centre celebration.

CUPE Metro District Council President Cindy McQueen, welcoming everyone, paid tribute to the heroic efforts of Downtown Eastside women.

March 11, 2016

CUPE 1004 reaches tentative agreement with City of Vancouver

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. 

“We’re pleased to reach this agreement,” said CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger. “On behalf of all CUPE 1004 members I’d like to recognize the hard work and commitment of our bargaining committee.”

CUPE Local 1004 members will receive details of the tentative agreement on March 30 and a ratification vote will be held shortly afterwards.

Information about the tentative agreement will not be released pending ratification.

February 22, 2016

UVic education workers take strike vote

VICTORIA – Components 1 and 2 of CUPE Local 4163, University of Victoria education workers, have given their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in voting that was completed Friday evening.

“It’s been very disappointing that the University negotiators have not taken our members’ concerns seriously,” said CUPE 4163 President Alex McLeod.

February 22, 2016

CUPE 338 welcomes BMID workers

KELOWNA – Workers at the Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) have voted to join CUPE in a Labour Relations Board vote held today. They will become members of CUPE 338, representing municipal workers in Kelowna and water workers at the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District and the Central Okanagan Regional District.

“We look forward to representing these workers who maintain a safe and adequate water supply that is crucial to residents in our area,” said CUPE 338 President Lee Mossman.  “On behalf of all our members, I’m pleased to welcome them to CUPE 338.”

February 19, 2016

CSS wage increase to take effect April 1

BURNABY - The first of three annual wage increases for Community Social Services (CSS) workers will begin on April 1.

This 2.5% Compensation Comparability Increase, combined with an Economic Stability Dividend of 0.45%, will result in an increase for all members covered by the Community Living Services and General Services collective agreements. The hike is expected to improve staff recruitment and retention, leading to improved consistency of care for the individuals that CUPE members work with.

February 16, 2016

Budget 2016 more about Election 2017 than today’s working families—CUPE BC

VICTORIA—The 2016 provincial budget released today is more about re-positioning the BC Liberal government in advance of next year’s provincial election than it is about making a positive difference in the lives of working people, CUPE BC President Paul Faoro said today.

February 12, 2016

CoDev film festival moves downtown

VANCOUVER—CoDevelopment Canada’s annual film festival, Just Film, has a new venue for 2016. After 14 years at Vancouver’s Langara College, the popular documentary film festival and social justice bazaar (February 11-13) has moved downtown to the Van City Theatre.

February 10, 2016

VIRL workers ratify collective agreement

NANAIMO—CUPE 401 members have voted to ratify the collective agreement reached with the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) last month.  The Board ratified the agreement on January 9.  The five-year contract is retroactive from January 1, 2014 and runs to December 31, 2019.

February 5, 2016

CUPE metro bargainers meet as bargaining begins

BURNABY- CUPE bargainers from municipal and library locals from the Metro Vancouver and surrounding region met in Burnaby in mid-January for two days of coordinating strategies and issues and developing new bargaining skills.