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May 2, 2015

Fighting for women’s rights--and lives—in Honduras

VANCOUVER - Convention delegates received some sobering news about Honduran workplaces and women’s rights from this year’s international solidarity speaker, who thanked CUPE BC for its support of her organization’s work.

May 2, 2015

Meet some new delegates

Laura Bulk
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Teaching Assistant

May 2, 2015

CUPE BC an “exemplary” force for social justice: Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER - International human rights champion Stephen Lewis revved up delegates on Friday with a firebrand speech that, with his trademark orator’s flair, eviscerated the Harper Conservatives and praised CUPE BC for its progressive social activism on several fronts.

“I love the rambunctious crowd in this trade union crucible,” he began, describing the convention atmosphere. “If only most of Canada could see the intelligence and judgement and intensity when you are discussing important issues—it would be an elixir for the entire country.”

May 1, 2015

CUPE 7000, Southern Railway reach tentative agreement

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway, have reached a tentative agreement with the U.S.-owned company, effectively ending a lockout that began on January 5.

Details of the agreement are not being released, as members will be holding a ratification vote on Monday (May 4).

During the 114-day lockout, Southern Railway managers operated the system. The two sides returned to the bargaining table on March 30.

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May 1, 2015

“Vote for the change you believe in”— Moist

VANCOUVER - At a breakfast forum this morning, CUPE National President Paul Moist made a strong case for members to get involved in the upcoming federal election and elect a New Democrat government that supports working families. Delegates were reminded of the Harper Conservative’s abysmal record on pensions, health care, child care and workers’ rights. 

May 1, 2015

CUPE BC launches environment contest

VANCOUVER-CUPE BC has launched an Environment Allstars contest. Open to CUPE members in B.C., the contest is designed to highlight creative projects that support the environment and to engage and celebrate CUPE members who have shown leadership as stewards of the environment in their lives, their workplaces, or their communities.

April 29, 2015

K-12 Presidents’ Council to gov’t: Consult with us first!

VANCOUVER —The BC Liberal government needs to start consulting with the unionized workers who provide important services for the K-12 sector before setting the policy that directly affects it, says CUPE’s K-12 Presidents’ Council.

April 28, 2015

CUPE BC kicks off ‘Proud, Strong, United’ convention in Vancouver

VANCOUVER—British Columbia’s biggest union—CUPE BC—kicks off its 52nd annual convention in Vancouver tomorrow night, as more than 600 delegates from across the province gather together at the Westin Bayshore.

Convention runs from 7 pm Wednesday, April 29 until 4 pm on Saturday, May 2.

April 28, 2015

Sewage treatment consultations happening in the CRD

VICTORIA - New public consultations for the development of sewage treatment are underway in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Select Committees for the Eastside and Westside of the CRD’s Core Area are conducting separate consultation processes and inviting public participation. At the end of consultations, the two committees will come together to discuss solutions that could work across the entire Core Area.

CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.

April 27, 2015

CUPE BC marks Annual Day of Mourning

BURNABY – On April 28 CUPE members across British Columbia mark the Annual Day of Mourning for workers injured or killed on the job.

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock says that CUPE members and all workers should be able to trust that they will be safe at work and that CUPE will continue to work vigorously to make sure this is a reality.