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August 23, 2015

CUPE 1004 reaches mediated settlement with CSU

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004, representing workers who provide support services to students at Capilano University, has reached a tentative agreement with the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU).

The settlement was reached through a mediator on Saturday, in time to avert a lockout by CSU that was due to start on Monday, August 24.

August 21, 2015

Capilano Students’ Union workers locked out

NORTH VANCOUVER – As a new academic year is about to begin, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has chosen to disrupt services for students by locking out unionized staff beginning Monday, August 24.

The move comes after members of CUPE Local 1004, which represents CSU staff, voted unanimously to reject the employer’s final offer.

Sarah Silvester, bargaining committee member and CUPE 1004 Executive Member said that her members are concerned about their livelihood and also have concerns for what Capilano students will face as they attempt to settle into a new school year.

August 20, 2015

Front line library safety survey offers insights

BURNABY - Phase one of the CUPE BC Library Health & Safety Survey is complete and has
been very successful. With more than 500 library workers from 50 communities responding to a written survey, the results will offer significant insights into the growing challenges faced across British Columbia.

August 17, 2015

CUPE to Qualicum Beach Mayor & Council: Bargain, don’t bully

QUALICUM BEACH – As the Mayor and Council’s lockout enters its third week, CUPE members are urging them to focus on getting back to the table instead of trying to provoke workers and scare the community.

Referring to last week’s release from the Town on safety for the public and exempt employees, CUPE 401 Vice President Laurence Amy said that locked out CUPE members monitoring the work that exempt staff are doing is standard practice in these situations.

August 7, 2015

‘Stubborn’ Qualicum Beach Council rejects deal with workers

QUALICUM BEACH –   The Qualicum Beach Town Council has refused to settle its first-
ever labour dispute.  Discussions initiated by locked out municipal workers led to a three-hour in-camera council meeting today but failed to produce a contract settlement.

July 31, 2015

Rowdy rally greets Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH - The mayor and council of this seaside Vancouver Island community celebrated the British Columbia Day weekend by locking out their 75 municipal workers. More than 100 vocal CUPE Local 401 members and their supporters were on hand outside the town hall when the lockout officially took effect at 3pm Friday.

July 30, 2015

Qualicum Beach rally for locked out workers

QUALICUM BEACH - On Friday, July 31, the eve of the British Columbia Day holiday weekend, the town of Qualicum Beach plans to lock out its 66 municipal workers for the first time ever.

Despite a long history of labour peace, the current mayor and council have refused to give their public employees the same modest two-per-cent per-year wage settlement reached in neighbouring municipalities. Wages are the only outstanding issue after mediated contract talks broke off last month. The workers have been without a contract since 2013.

July 24, 2015

Qualicum Beach workers set to launch first-ever strike

QUALICUM BEACH - CUPE municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have served 72 -hour strike notice. The strike will begin at 10:26 am on Sunday, July 26 in the form of an overtime ban.

The move by the 46 members of CUPE Local 401 came after mediated talks with the town of Qualicum Beach broke down last month. 

CUPE Local 401 President Blaine Gurrie says “our priority is to get back to the bargaining table and reaching a fair settlement so we can focus on best serving the citizens of Qualicum Beach.  We want to minimize any impact on the public.”

July 16, 2015

CUPE 50 welcomes new members

CUPE Local 50 welcomed 19 new members who provide support services to the RCMP detachment in the City of Langford.

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 welcomed 19 support workers from the RCMP detachment in Langford as new members this week. During a Local meeting, CUPE 50 President John Burrows introduced the executive, offered the members background information and shared the Local’s proud history of representing workers in the Victoria region for almost 100 years.

July 15, 2015

Respect spells new contract for Powell River library workers

POWELL RIVER - Public library workers have a new contract.  CUPE Local 798 and the Powell River Public Library Board have both now ratified a new five-year collective agreement.