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September 16, 2015

Harper must negotiate release of Canadian journalist imprisoned in Egypt—CUPE BC

BURNABY—British Columbia’s largest union has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action to have Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy released from prison in Egypt and deported to his home country. CUPE BC’s message to the prime minister is in addition to the letter last week from Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, as well as an open letter signed by more than 300 prominent Canadians.

September 15, 2015

Grand Forks city workers call for return to respect

GRAND FORKS - Every single Grand Forks municipal worker was on hand last night for the Grand Forks City Council meeting. The 32 members of CUPE local 4728 and their families held signs calling for "a workplace built on respect."

September 3, 2015

Deal ends Qualicum Beach lockout

 

QUALICUM BEACH – The month-long lockout of Qualicum Beach municipal workers is over. The town of Qualicum Beach has now agreed to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract with its unionized workers. CUPE members ratified the deal last week.

September 1, 2015

Qualicum Beach Council demand prompts bad faith bargaining complaint

QUALICUM BEACH – On the verge of ending its lockout of municipal workers, Qualicum Beach Town Council tried to introduce a condition that has the union filing a bad faith bargaining complaint and the provincial mediator calling their position “incorrect.”

September 1, 2015

CUPE 3338 reaches Tentative Agreement with SFU

BURNABY – CUPE Local 3338 representing support staff at Simon Fraser University reached a tentative agreement late on Friday night, ending four long, consecutive days of bargaining.

"I'd like to thank the bargaining committee for their hard work and persistence in reaching this deal," said CUPE 3338 President Fiona Brady Lenfesty. The groups met to bargain a dozen times in 2015.

August 31, 2015

Camaraderie and new skills highlight young workers’ conference

PRINCE GEORGE – About 70 young workers attended the CUPE BC Young Workers Task Force conference “Building a Better Future” held here August 19 – 21. 

August 28, 2015

Locked out Qualicum Beach workers accept LRB proposal

QUALICUM BEACH –   Locked out municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have voted to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract. The vote was held this afternoon by members of CUPE Local 401.

The BC Labour Relations Board mediator’s recommendations were made after a meeting with the town and its union employees this week. The Qualicum Beach Town Council says it plans to discuss the recommendations at a special in-camera meeting early next week.

August 25, 2015

UBC locals call for transparency, openness on Gupta exit

VANCOUVER – In a joint letter to the UBC Board of Governors chair, all three presidents from CUPE locals have raised concerns about the handling of the recent departure of UBC President, Dr. Arvind Gupta.

CUPE 116 President Colleen Garbe was a member of the 22-person selection committee that included unions, faculty, alumni, management and professional staff, students and board members from both the UBC and Okanagan campuses.  The committee did a yearlong global search and made a thoughtful, informed decision collectively.

August 25, 2015

CUPE 1004 members ratify agreement with Capilano Students’ Union

NORTH VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 workers at Capilano University ratified their collective agreement with the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) on Monday.

The settlement was reached through a mediator on Saturday, averting a CSU lockout of staff who provide support services to students.

“Members can now continue to provide excellent services to students at Capilano University,” said Sarah Silvester, a bargaining committee member and CUPE 1004 executive member.

The new agreement is in effect from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018. 

August 25, 2015

Talks to resume in Qualicum Beach town lockout

QUALICUM BEACH – Following a productive meeting with the Town Council yesterday, locked out CUPE 401 members and the Town of Qualicum Beach plan to return to the bargaining table. The parties will meet on Thursday, August 27, and will seek the assistance of a mediator from the B.C. Labour Relations Board. CUPE 401 picket lines will remain up at municipal facilities.