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January 19, 2010

School board supports public sewage treatment

Victoria council committee to hear motion on Thursday

VICTORIA— The Greater Victoria Board of Education will be letting city councils and the Capital Regional District (CRD) board know that it supports public water and sewage treatment.

January 19, 2010

More privatization at UVic?

VICTORIA—Warnings surfaced a few days ago about yet another privatization attempt at UVic.

January 18, 2010

Industrial inquiry skims ambulance issues

RICHMOND – The provincial government’s report on the BC Ambulance Service released today appears to live up to paramedics’ predictions that it would be of little practical use in addressing the complex and pressing issues facing deteriorating ambulance services.

The report was put together in eight weeks by former career bureaucrat Chris Trumpy without input from the Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873, which represents the province’s 3,500 paramedics.

January 18, 2010

Committee recommends rejecting tentative agreement

VANCOUVER—CUPE’s Community Health bargaining committee is recommending rejection of the tentative agreement reached with the Liberal government and the BCGEU last week.

The tentative agreement offers no general wage increases for two years and trades off hard-won existing benefits for new benefits.

January 18, 2010

Penticton rallies for collective bargaining

PENTICTON – More than 50 boisterous union activists and supporters gathered outside Liberal MLA Bill Barisoff’s office Saturday to protest his support of Bill 21.

Accompanied by two ambulances, the marchers waved flags, wore signs and handed out buttons to pedestrians, while motorists honked their horns in support of free collective bargaining for paramedics.

January 17, 2010

K-12 presidents’ council maps bargaining strategy

Kootenay area presidents Michelle Bennett, CUPE 748 (Kootenay Lake Schools) and Cherryl MacLeod, CUPE 1285 (Kootenay-Columbia Schools)

RICHMOND—More than 50 local presidents from school district locals throughout the province met in Richmond Friday to review bargaining survey results and begin to map out 2010 bargaining priorities and strategy. Guests at the CUPE B.C.

January 16, 2010

A window full of wait times

VANCOUVER—Ambulance paramedics were on hand Saturday to 'greet' BC Liberals meeting to discuss British Columbia communities.

January 14, 2010

Town hall addresses ambulance concerns

CASTLEGAR – A lively Castlegar crowd of more than 75 citizens was on hand Tuesday night for a town hall meeting on the state of the area’s ambulance services.

People came from outlying communities including Fruitvale, Genelle, Nelson and as far away as Grand Forks to discuss ambulance response times and meet their local paramedics. Much of the evening was spent on tactics to let the provincial government know that every community in B.C.

January 14, 2010

Ambulance response times 'a disgrace'

BURNABY—Ambulance wait times in British Columbia point to the critical condition of ambulance services in B.C. according to CUPE 873.  The ambulance paramedics say a lack of attention has seen the service deteriorate over the past decade.  The list below of ambulance 911 call wait times is sad proof of this. The figures come from the employer – the BC Ambulance Service.   

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill says the figures are a disgrace when in a medical emergency every second counts.

January 12, 2010

Assessment talks underway

VICTORIA – Collective bargaining began today for 560 BC Assessment employees – members of CUPE 1767. Both sides have presented preliminary proposals.

The CUPE bargaining team met with representatives of the Crown Corporation in the first of 18 days of scheduled talks over the next three months.