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December 3, 2014

December 6: National day of Remembrance and Action to end Violence against Women

The Women’s Shoe Memorial in Kamloops was started by Lynn Chasse in honour of her mother whom she lost to domestic violence. December 6 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal massacre.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender. A CUPE member who worked at the school was one of the murdered women.

December 2, 2014

All CUPE K-12 Locals ratify collective agreements

BURNABY- CUPE’s 57 BC K-12 Local bargaining committees have reached and ratified collective agreements, meeting the November 30 deadline.

“We’re pleased that all locals were able conclude local bargaining issues by the November 30 deadline,” says K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais.  “Locals can now focus and look forward to the gains we achieved in this round of bargaining.”

Locals bargained individually with school districts to achieve local agreements that added to the provincial framework agreement ratified by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in June.

November 28, 2014

CUPE 2262 ratifies Central Kootenay deal

NELSON – CUPE Local 2262 has ratified a new three-year agreement with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).  The no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.5%, 1.4% and 1.5% respectively. Included in the collective agreement are improvements to employee definition language and increases to clothing and optical allowances.

November 28, 2014

Congratulations to Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman from CUPE BC

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro congratulated Irene Lanzinger and Aaron Ekman on their election yesterday as the new President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour.

“Although our organization supported another candidate, I know that Irene Lanzinger will be a good President for our Federation, and on behalf of CUPE BC, I congratulate her on her election yesterday,” said Hancock.

November 26, 2014

CUPE BC files libel law suit against Vancouver NPA and Kirk LaPointe

VANCOUVER – CUPE BC announced today it has filed a libel law suit against the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association and Kirk LaPointe.

In the recent Vancouver election NPA Mayoral Candidate Kirk LaPointe and the NPA electoral organization alleged “corruption” in regards to financial contributions from CUPE Local 1004 and CUPE BC to candidates recommended by the membership.

President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro met with the Executive Board of CUPE BC and decided the union had no choice but to pursue legal action.   

November 26, 2014

Colleges reach template agreement

CISSBA committee members include Lily Bachand, Marcela Popovici, Marcel Beerken, Nicki Pearson, Michelle Waite, Juanita Fraser, Pam Catsirelis, Ryan Cousineau, Deborah Hopper, Richard Schaeffer, John Ross and spokespeople Ian McLean and Linsay Buss.

November 24, 2014

CUPE BC Fed Delegates Endorse Amber Hockin for President and Aaron Ekman for Secretary-Treasurer

VANCOUVER – CUPE delegates to the BC Federation of Labour convention today endorsed Amber Hockin for President and Aaron Ekman for Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation.

November 22, 2014

Union seeks new venue for Winterfest

CASTLEGAR – We all love Winterfest and your Castlegar city workers know that it’s an important annual community event.

Unfortunately, the unresolved labour dispute with the City of Castlegar would put the usual ceremony behind a legal picket line.  Given this, CUPE Local 2262 is looking at options to see if we can help to find a way for the event to go ahead. 

November 20, 2014

CUPE picket lines will stay up through Winterfest tree lighting

CASTLEGAR – With the ongoing labour dispute and the City’s refusal to bargain, CUPE city workers will be maintaining picket lines during Winterfest, including the planned tree lighting on December 5.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that members regret that they find themselves in a situation where they are unable to support an event that they and their families enjoy every year.

November 19, 2014

CUPE targets United Church for workers’ plight

NARAMATA –CUPE has filed an application to have the United Church and Naramata Centre recognized as a common employer.  The move comes as CUPE workers at the church’s retreat centre mark six months on the picket line.