July 2, 2013

SFU workers ratify deal

BURNABY – The prolonged labour dispute between Simon Fraser University and the 1,000 members of CUPE Local 3338 has finally come to a close as workers ratified a four year deal following three days of electronic voting which ended 4 PM on Friday, June 28th.

The no concession deal included two-percent wage increases in each of the final two years, with the first two years falling under the provincial government’s Zero Mandate prohibiting wage increases for public-sector workers.

The last public post-secondary institution to settle with its CUPE employees, the SFU s

June 25, 2013

Lower Mainland K-12 workers launch day of strike action

BURNABY – More than 100 members of CUPE 379 launched a day of strike actions today with a study session at their maintenance yard. They are being joined by CUPE K-12 colleagues in Vancouver, New West, Richmond, Delta and Surrey. All are activating their strike mandates, voted on after the breakdown of talks with local school boards. Talks at the provincial bargaining table broke down in April with virtually no progress made towards a new contract.

June 11, 2013

Transit workers reach settlement in Victoria

VICTORIA — CUPE Local 4500 has reached a settlement between CUPE transit supervisors, Transit Communications Centre (T-Comm) workers and the provincial government.

The three-year deal includes wage increases of 1.94% retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, then 2% in both 2014 and 2015. The no concessions deal also includes contract language improvements for vision care.

The contract was ratified by the 10 members of the local, and the employer soon after.

“It was an amicable and productive round of bargaining,” explains CUPE Servicing Representative Don Devine.

June 4, 2013

North Shore Winter Club ordered to stop using replacement workers

NORTH VANCOUVER – The North Shore Winter Club has been illegally using replacement workers during the month-long lockout at the club. The ruling by the BC Labour Relations Boards came down Friday.

June 3, 2013

School support staff layoffs ‘devastating’

NEW WESTMINSTER - Education workers and students are paying the price for ballooning deficits in Coquitlam and New Westminster. The districts have announced layoffs of CUPE support staff that the union says will severely affect the quality and even safety of education and services.

A $12.6-million deficient in Coquitlam brought the layoff of 51 CUPE employees, including those that deal with the most vulnerable students. In New West a projected $5.5 million shortfall led the board to send out layoff notices last week to 37 CUPE employees including 27 special education assistants.

May 24, 2013

K-12 CUPE presidents talk the walk

VANCOUVER - CUPE local presidents representing  27,000 K-12 workers across BC met yesterday to discuss bargaining and possible strike action.

Following the breakdown of contract talks at the provincial bargaining table, more than half the 57 CUPE K-12 locals in BC have now taken local strike votes with the rest expected to be completed by the end of June. The main issues are job security and wages. CUPE K-12 workers have been without a wage increase since 2009.

May 14, 2013

SFU wage offer 'insulting'

CUPE 3338 members mark three years without a contract with cake – including slices delivered to the SFU administration

BURNABY - Hopes for long overdue progress at the bargaining table at SFU were dashed yesterday when the university offered its CUPE workers wage increases 75% less than their counterparts at other BC universities have already received. The support workers have been without a contract for more than three years.

May 10, 2013

Quilchena lockout ends after nearly 100 days

RICHMOND – Nineteen CUPE 4964 employees who work at the Quilchena Golf and Country Club will be returning to work tomorrow after being locked out by their employer for nearly 100 days.

A tentative agreement was reached this morning (May 10), with the help of mediator Grant McArthur.

May 9, 2013

SFU agrees to return to bargaining table

BURNABY – SFU has finally agreed to return to the bargaining table with CUPE Local 3338. The two sides are scheduled to meet Monday, May 13, for the first time in close to six months. 

SFU carries the dubious distinction of being the only public post-secondary institution in the province that has not signed a new collective agreement with its CUPE workers. 

May 8, 2013

Quilchena lockout nears day one hundred

RICHMOND – CUPE employees at Quilchena Golf and Country Club were hopeful that a deal would be reached last week during an evening bargaining session, as only two outstanding issues remained to be discussed.