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September 28, 2009

Word on the Street: Library services matter

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC had a big presence, and CUPE 391 activists were on hand to greet the public, at the annual Word on the Street festival held on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Vancouver Public Library's Central branch, Library Square.

September 21, 2009

CUPE defends public food service at Coquitlam arena

COQUITLAM—CUPE will address City Council tonight to counter a flawed proposal to contract out food services at the new Coquitlam Sports Centre.

A private consultant’s study claims the city could lose money if food and beverage services stay in house. But CUPE researcher Blair Redlin pointed out to the city’s recreation committee last week that those figures simply don’t add up. He also pointed out that the nine CUPE 386 civic employees currently providing the services weren’t even consulted. Managers simply informed the employees that their jobs would be contracted out.

September 20, 2009

Paramedics’ talks resume

VANCOUVER - Talks are back on between the Ambulance Paramedics of BC and the employer. The two bargaining committees will meet Tuesday in Vancouver with third-party mediator Mark Atkinson in attendance.

The development came Sunday following weekend discussions between CUPE 873, CUPE BC and the BC Ambulance Service.

At a Friday support rally for paramedics in Richmond, CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier directed members to work only their regularly scheduled shifts.

September 18, 2009

Paramedics to work ‘only their regular shifts’

RICHMOND— BC ambulance paramedics will only work their regularly scheduled shifts at their assigned ambulance stations and their primary operators as of 6pm today. They say “it’s time to take action to protect our health and safety.”

The move follows claims by the BC Ambulance Service that there are no staffing shortages.

September 17, 2009

Unionized library workers seek collective agreement

New CUPE local says job security, job equality are high priorities during tough times

CRESTON—The 15 employees of Creston Public Library are seeking a new collective agreement after ratifying a certification vote to be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, says the president of the new local.

September 16, 2009

CUPE K-12 locals in B.C. to form provincial bargaining council

RICHMOND—CUPE national president Paul Moist and CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill will join close to 200 delegates from more than 50 CUPE K–12 locals at an historic inaugural meeting of a provincial K–12 Presidents’ Council. The meeting will be on September 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (formerly the Richmond Inn).

September 16, 2009

Paramedics respond to stalled talks

VANCOUVER — Ambulance Paramedics are holding a march and rally in Richmond tomorrow in the wake of stalled contract talks with the government. CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said that “despite CUPE’s consistent efforts to resolve this dispute, the BC Ambulance Service rejected CUPE 873’s offer for settlement.”

CUPE National president Paul Moist, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill and CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier will announce CUPE’s response to the government’s position outside the Richmond Olympic Oval at 12:30 pm Friday.

September 15, 2009

Paramedics issue settlement offer

VANCOUVER—Representatives of 3,500 striking Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873, have forwarded an offer for settlement to the BC Ambulance Service.

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said he is hopeful the offer will lead to a settlement in the protracted dispute, which began on April 1.

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September 8, 2009

A Labour Day tribute to paramedics

VANCOUVER—Striking members of CUPE 873, B.C. ambulance paramedics, received a big boost in visibility and some much-needed support at yesterday’s Labour Day picnic in the Lower Mainland.

The annual BC Federation of Labour-sponsored event was moved this year from Confederation Park in Burnaby to Trout Lake Park in East Vancouver.