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December 15, 2015

CUPE 50 ratifies first collective agreement with City of Langford

LANGFORD – CUPE Local 50, representing 18 RCMP support workers, ratified a collective agreement with the City of Langford on Monday, December 14.

“This first collective agreement sets rights for our members in place,” said CUPE 50 president John Burrows. “We see this as the foundation to build on over the coming years.”

The two-year contract goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and continues until December 31, 2017. It includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year and 2 per cent in the second. Bargaining was completed over a two-month period.

December 14, 2015

Grand Forks layoffs can be avoided say CUPE city workers

GRAND FORKS - City workers are calling on the Grand Forks Mayor and Council to start 2016 by taking another look at ways to deal with the community’s financial woes and working towards a better relationship with its staff in the wake of the city’s recent announcement about layoffs.

The call by CUPE local 4728 comes after the city twice rejected union proposals to mitigate layoffs and large-scale disruption within the city workforce related to the Grand Fork’s Asset Management Investment plan.

December 10, 2015

CUPE BC Executive Board elects Paul Faoro President, Trevor Davies Secretary-Treasurer

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s Executive Board today elected Paul Faoro as President and Trevor Davies as Secretary-Treasurer. In addition, the Board elected Frank Lee as General Vice President. The elections were a result of former CUPE BC President Mark Hancock’s resignation after his election last month as National President of CUPE.

“I want to thank all the members of our Executive Board for placing their confidence in me to take on this challenge,” said Faoro. “I pledge to all 85,000 members of our union that I will not let you down.

December 3, 2015

CUPE 951 benefits from steward, RTWA campaign

CUPE 951 stewards and executive officers covered most of the campus buildings where CUPE 951 members work. Pictured L– R: Barbara Gordon (Libraries), Laurie Whyte (Libraries - Chief Steward 951), Kara White (Science Stores - President 951), and Kirk Mercer (Printing Services).

December 2, 2015

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

BURNABY - On December 6, we mark the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were singled out because of their gender and murdered. One of those women, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school.

CUPE is challenging violence against women at the bargaining table, on the political front and in our communities. Many CUPE members and staff across the country work daily to end gender-based violence and support workers and families affected.

December 6 Events across B.C.

December 2, 2015

Council of Canadians weekend forums on BC’s New Water Sustainability Act

This weekend, the Council of Canadians is sponsoring free events in Kelowna and Kamloops focused on the new Water Sustainability Act.  The Council will present a report that examines what has changed in the Act with particular focus on some of the concerns raised by the new legislation. Join the Council of Canadians National Water Campaigner, Emma Lui, to learn more and to find out what you need to know in order to engage with the new Act.

December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day: CUPE focuses on prevention and harm reduction

World AIDS Day, December 1, challenges us to renew our commitment to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, at home and globally.

Earlier this year, CUPE launched new materials, including a booklet containing CUPE’s HIV and AIDS policy. This policy seeks to ensure the full protection of all human rights and labour rights for HIV positive workers, and those working or living with people who are HIV positive. It outlines CUPE’s vision for action in solidarity with those living with HIV in Canada and around the world.

November 25, 2015

CUPE 3886 reaches tentative agreement with Royal Roads

VICTORIA – CUPE 3886, representing workers at Royal Roads University reached a tentative agreement late last week.

“The dedication and efforts of our bargaining committee are much appreciated,” said CUPE 3886 President Paul Allison. “We need to move away from provincial mandates that make collective bargaining so difficult.”

The agreement follows the five-year provincial mandate.

November 20, 2015

CUPE marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year on November 20 in memory of transgender persons who have lost their lives because of anti-trans violence. Started in 1998 to honour the murder of a young transgender woman in Massachusetts, the day is now marked by ceremonies in cities across Canada and around the world.

November 17, 2015

So-called ‘economic stability dividend’ amounts to pennies a day

BURNABY—Today’s announcement by the BC Liberal provincial government that public sector workers, including many CUPE members, will receive a very small pay raise next year is welcome but does very little to help workers keep pace with the cost of living, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro said today.