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.

November 18, 2014

CUPE BC congratulates all candidates in local government elections

BURNABY - CUPE BC is applauding all British Columbians who put their names forward in elections for mayors, councillors, school board trustees and regional district representatives across the province on November 15th.

November 10, 2014

Solidarity and support on the Castlegar picket line

CASTLEGAR – CUPE 2262 members who work for the City of Castlegar were joined by friends and supporters as they began picketing on Saturday morning.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that solidarity on the line is strong and members are solidly behind the need to take full-scale strike action in order to pressure the City to get back to the bargaining table and find a fair deal.

November 7, 2014

CUPE BC launches multi-lingual editions of Local Elections Guide

BURNABY—Earlier this month CUPE BC released its 2014 Local Elections Guide to members as a special insert in the Public Employee magazine. Today translated versions of the guide were released.

November 5, 2014

Castlegar city workers prepare to take full strike action

CASTLEGAR – CUPE 2262 members who work for the City of Castlegar have issued 72-hour strike notice of a full withdrawal of service.

CUPE 2262 president Leford Lafayette said that following Monday night’s presentation to city council, it is clear that elected officials are not focused on getting back to the bargaining table and reaching a fair deal with city workers. 

November 3, 2014

Mayor & council questioned on accountability for CUPE bargaining dispute

CASTLEGAR – City council candidates heard loud and clear about the bargaining breakdown between the City of Castlegar and its CUPE workers at the Castlegar & District Chamber All-Candidates Forum.

With a number of questions coming to candidates, there was clear support for getting back to the bargaining table and having the mayor and council take some leadership in reaching a fair deal with city workers. 

October 29, 2014

Kelowna city workers ratify new agreement

KELOWNA - CUPE 338 members who work for the City of Kelowna have ratified a new five-year agreement.

The previous agreement expired in December 2013 and bargaining began April 1, 2014. Following a lengthy and difficult round of bargaining that included a strong strike vote and mediation, Kelowna city workers are pleased to have stability for five years.

CUPE 338 President Lee Mossman said that the union pushed back on concessions and worked hard to achieve a solid contract.

October 29, 2014

OH&S conference focuses on psychological health in our workplaces

VANCOUVER—Members from across the province focused on the theme “Building safe psychological and physical workplaces” at CUPE BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference held October 22 – 24 in Victoria.

OH&S Committee Chair Dal Benning chaired the conference, which was opened with a blessing from First Nations Elder Butch Dick of the Songhees Nation.

October 24, 2014

Health care town hall takes aim at private clinics

COURTENAY—A town hall meeting held here earlier this week revealed a deep well of frustration and anger with the Harper Conservative government for dismantling public health care while allowing private, for-profit clinics to proliferate.