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January 8, 2010

CRD sewage options include privatization

VICTORIA—The fight for public sewage treatment in the Capital Regional District has entered the final phase. After three years of work to develop a new plan, the CRD has released a paper clearly outlining sewage treatment options.

January 6, 2010

A new look at the public education funding crisis

BURNABY —A financial crisis currently plagues BC public schools. CUPE National research representative John Malcolmson offers a new look at how and where the crisis is happening.

The signs of the public education funding crisis are everywhere. Parents are increasingly roiled with the ongoing assault on what public schools are able to offer their children. School trustees are starting to move to a more assertive political stance after years of concern over the program cuts they find themselves forced to make.

January 6, 2010

CUPE 391 unleashed!

VANCOUVER– CUPE 391 invites you to a sneak preview of their comedy feature film, “Mistress Superior”. Check out the film this Sunday, January 10 at Pacific Cinematheque at 1131 Howe Street (between Helmcken and Davie Street) at 12:30PM and 2:30PM.

The Local would like to invite all CUPE members to this free screening.

December 22, 2009

An ice time had by all!

POWELL RIVER – More than 125 people enjoyed a free public skate Saturday hosted by CUPE. The event was sponsored by CUPE Locals 798, 476 and 873 (representing Powell River municipal, regional, library, school board workers and ambulance paramedics). Skaters had a chance to visit with Santa, have a hot chocolate and talk with local paramedics, CUPE representatives and a teachers’ association rep.

December 21, 2009

Tentative deal in community health

VANCOUVER - A tentative agreement has been reached between the Community Bargaining Association (which includes the CUPE bargaining committee) and the Health Employers' Association of BC.

December 18, 2009

Employers scuttle chance of community social services agreement

BURNABY—Talks initiated by the Community Social Services Employer’s Association aimed at reaching an early collective agreement have ended without a deal.

Union bargainers say that employers tabled what was in effect an ultimatum without seriously addressing any of the concerns brought forward by the unions through the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA).

Employers offered no improvements to wages, sick leave, transportation allowance (mileage) and shift premiums.

December 17, 2009

Vancouver Cathay Pacific workers join CUPE

VANCOUVER – Customer service agents working for Cathay Pacific in Vancouver will be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), following a December 15 green light from the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

December 17, 2009

Early talks stumble in community social services sector

BURNABY—Unions in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) are concerned that an approach from employers for early talks is already stumbling, and the possibility of an early settlement may not materialize.

The CSSBA responded to an employer offer to explore options that could lead to an early settlement. In the community social services sector compensation has fallen behind that of comparable workers in health care, education and other public services and the sector is experiencing serious recruitment and retention problems.

December 16, 2009

Coalition demands full funding for HIV/AIDS services

VANCOUVER—The BC Health Coalition is staging a Friday rally to demand full restoration of funding to HIV/AIDS support services and programs that are facing devastating budget cuts as a result of the Health Ministry’s plan to balance a $90 million deficit in Vancouver Coastal Health’s operating budget.

The future of Community Based Health Organizations (CBHOs), which provide direct HIV/AIDS support services and programs in the Lower Mainland, is in jeopardy.

December 15, 2009

Community health sector bargaining underway

VANCOUVER – CUPE and other health unions in the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) are at the table this week with the Health Employers’ Association of B.C.