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September 1, 2009

Working families pay more, get less BC Budget increases middle class tax burden

VICTORIA—The Provincial Budget announced today cuts jobs, reduces services for people who need them most, and continues the Liberal shift of the tax burden away from corporations and the wealthy onto the middle class, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“The government can’t have it both ways,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

September 1, 2009

Government misses emergency call

VICTORIA—The Liberals ignored B.C.’s deteriorating ambulance service in today’s budget speech, despite the five-month-long strike by the province’s 3,500 paramedics for better services.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier called the government’s failure to address the crisis in the budget speech “another missed opportunity,” adding, “the BC Liberals keep saying they won’t intervene, but their failure to intervene is what is keeping us from a fair settlement.”

The paramedics have repeatedly asked the provincial government to appoint an independent mediator an

August 31, 2009

Team Maria, CUPE members do it again Fundraising effort for Parkinson’s walk exceeds $18,000

VANCOUVER—CUPE 825 president Maria Wahl and her team of walkers have once again topped a previous record for fundraising in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

At this year’s annual walk for Parkinson’s held on Sunday (August 30) at Stanley Park, Wahl’s group totalled $18,160.00 in pledges.

August 31, 2009

CUPE rocks for social justice

VANCOUVER—CUPE helped rock the ‘hood in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park Saturday as three locals, CUPE BC, CUPE Metro and CUPE National sponsored “Justice Rocks”, a one-day social justice festival put on by Pivot Legal Society.

August 27, 2009

Municipal workers reject final offer

DISTRICT OF HOPE—Members of CUPE 458, municipal workers have soundly rejected the District of Hope’s final offer in a vote this morning.

CUPE 458 president Louise Piper is calling on the District to come back to the table and negotiate a fair settlement. “We’re willing to negotiate through the weekend if that’s what it takes”, says Piper.

August 25, 2009

Throne Speech hints at more instability, says CUPE

Union fears range of services could be on chopping block in the name of cost-cutting

BURNABY— Today’s Speech from the Throne opening the 39th Parliament of British Columbia provided some ominous clues of the range of public services that could be on the BC Liberal government’s hit list in next week’s budget, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“Throne speeches tend to be short on specifics and are generally used to promote feel-good projects, so we don’t normally look at them with a view to what the government is actually planning to do,” says CUPE BC president Barr

August 24, 2009

‘Reduced cuts’ no win for public libraries: CUPE BC

BURNABY— Funding cuts for B.C. libraries, announced last week by the BC Liberal government, are not as deep as first feared but will still have a negative impact on public libraries throughout the province, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“Our public libraries are a huge asset to the province, so the government should be investing more in them, not less. Instead, we’re seeing funding cuts of 22 per cent,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

August 17, 2009

Kootenay paramedics picket for public safety

TRAIL—Ambulance Paramedics of BC are picketing at the Castlegar District Health Centre (Unit 709 – 10th Street, Castlegar) this morning in response to the BC Ambulance Service taking the only Critical Care paramedic in the West Kootenays off shift without notice.

“The decision to pull Trail’s only highly-trained paramedic is irresponsible and shortsighted,” says Ambulance Paramedics of BC vice-president Bronwyn Barter.

Barter notes that the paramedic was not advised that he would be expected to meet with a mediator today and tomorrow rather than staff the ambulance.

August 12, 2009

CUPE launches campaign to stop library cuts

BURNABY—With the B.C. Liberal government announcing its budget on September 1, and cuts to operating grants for B.C.’s public libraries expected to be on the agenda, CUPE is part of a province-wide campaign to fight the cuts.

August 12, 2009

CUPE launches campaign to stop library cuts

BURNABY—With the B.C. Liberal government announcing its budget on September 1, and cuts to operating grants for B.C.’s public libraries expected to be on the agenda, CUPE is part of a province-wide campaign to fight the cuts.

As part of the campaign, CUPE BC has launched a web page and will soon be holding a phone campaign urging British Columbians to write to their MLAs in opposition to the funding cuts.