September 26, 2014

PNE workers ratify new contract

VANCOUVER- CUPE 1004 members at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new three-year agreement.  Using a highly accessible online voting system managed through Simply Voting, members voted 84 per cent in favour of accepting the agreement.

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September 25, 2014

CUPE BC thanks local government leaders

WHISTLER - Last night at the annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, CUPE BC hosted a reception for mayors and councillors from all over the province. Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro welcomed attendees and delivered the following remarks.

Thanks for the introduction, Trevor.

I’m not going to take very much of your time tonight. I don’t think anyone really wants to hear one more speech after several days of listening to nothing but.

So I’ll keep this very short.

September 22, 2014

CUPE’s university locals call for end to funding cuts

BURNABY – CUPE’s Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (UCBC) has launched a new campaign to draw attention to the BC Liberals’ abysmal record on funding post-secondary education.

September 18, 2014

Sechelt library workers ink four-year deal

SECHELT — CUPE 391 members working at the Sechelt Library and the Sechelt Public Library Association Board have ratified a new collective agreement.

The four-year, no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.25%, 1.4%, 1.6% and 1.75% respectively.  Improvements to contract language include better bereavement leave, reduced probation time for casual and part-time employees and improvements to vision care and medical benefits. The new agreement is retroactive to July 1 and expires on June 30, 2018.

September 17, 2014

Municipal wage and salary report a shoddy, politically-motivated attack

BURNABY—A B.C. government report on wages and salaries paid by local governments—“leaked” by a right-wing special interest group that contributed to the report—represents a direct assault on the autonomy of elected municipal councils, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today. The report recommends the establishment of a provincial body to control compensation levels and conduct bargaining with civic employees.

September 16, 2014

Parksville city workers net four-year deal

PARKSVILLE – CUPE Local 401 and the City of Parksville have reached a new tentative collective agreement. The four-year contract includes wage increases totaling eight per cent over four years beginning Jan. 1, 2014 and running until Dec. 31, 2017.  The wages will be implemented by a 1-per-cent hike every January and July 1st.

The new agreement includes language improvements to the dental plan as well as an increased ‘dirty work’ bonus and improvements to the banked sick time language to include caring for a child as well as a spouse.

September 11, 2014

Victoria area workers ratify three-year deals

VICTORIA - CUPE civic workers in Greater Victoria have ratified new three-year deals.  The contracts run until Dec. 31, 2016 an includes wage increases of  1.75 per cent for the first year, one per cent in January 2015 and one per cent in July 2015, and two per cent in 2016. The final ratification votes were completed this week.

September 11, 2014

Campbell River city workers reject ‘offer’ - call for mediation

CAMPBELL RIVER - Striking members of CUPE Local 401 have overwhelmingly rejected a ‘last offer’ from the City of Campbell River. In a BC Labour Relations Board supervised vote, the workers rejected the city’s contract terms by more than 3-to-1.

September 9, 2014

CUPE 561 members at First Canada ratify four-year agreement

ABBOTSFORD—CUPE 561, representing 150 transit drivers for the City of Abbotsford who work for the bus company First Canada, have ratified a four-year agreement that will see two-per-cent wage increases for each year plus an additional one per cent for Handydart drivers in the first year.

September 4, 2014

Penticton city workers ratify five-year contract

PENTICTON–CUPE workers have ratified a new collective agreement with the City of Penticton.  At a vote held last night, the members of CUPE Local 608 voted 89% in favour of a deal that has also been ratified by the City.