February 6, 2014

White Rock civic workers give CUPE a strike mandate

WHITE ROCK – Workers in the City of White Rock have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if they are unable to negotiate a fair settlement in their current round of bargaining.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that the vote was taken on Wednesday and the members of CUPE 402-01 voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary. 

“We hope this sends a strong message to our employer that CUPE members are serious about reaching a fair deal,” said Guraliuk.

January 30, 2014

CUPE Local 947 Victoria education workers ratify collective agreement

VICTORIA - Members of CUPE Local 947 voted to ratify a collective agreement with School District 61 (Victoria) last night.

CUPE Local 947 served strike notice on Wednesday, January 15th and met until late in the day on Friday, January 17th achieving a settlement and averting job action.

January 15, 2014

CUPE Local 947 serves 72 hour strike notice for Victoria schools

VICTORIA - CUPE Local 947 representing education workers in School District 61(Victoria) has issued 72 hour notice of potential job action.

The union is hoping the situation can be resolved without a strike. As a courtesy to Victoria area parents, notice has been issued in order to advise that job action may be a possibility.

Local 947 met with School District 61 and the BC Public Schools Employers Association today. The remaining issue involves changes to prescription drug benefits for members. 


January 8, 2014

Prince George city workers reach tentative agreement

PRINCE GEORGE – After more than one year with no collective agreement city workers in Prince George, represented by CUPE 399 and CUPE 1048, have reached a tentative agreement with the City.

Gary Campbell CUPE 399 president and Janet Bigelow CUPE 1048 president both report that they are relieved to have reached a new deal after a very tense round of negotiations.

December 24, 2013

CUPE 389 members at the NSWC ratify new agreement, lockout comes to an end

NORTH VANCOUVER – CUPE 389 employees at the North Shore Winter Club will be returning to work after being locked out by their employer for more than seven months.

 A tentative agreement was reached yesterday, December 23, with the assistance of a mediator and CUPE 389 members voted 91 percent in favour of ratifying the agreement this morning (December 24).

December 23, 2013

Health science workers ratify 5 year collective agreement

BURNABY - Members of unions represented by the Health Sciences Professionals’ Bargaining Association (HSPBA) have voted to ratify an agreement with the Health Employers’ Association.  The 17,000 members of the bargaining association voted 76 percent in favour of the deal.

“CUPE members voted against this agreement,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE BC. “We remain disappointed the deal does not provide a fair wage increase. We are not at all hopeful that the so-called ‘Economic Stability Dividend’ will do anything for our members.”

December 20, 2013

NSWC employees reject club’s latest offer

NORTH VANCOUVER – Locked out CUPE employees at the North Shore Winter Club (NSWC) have overwhelmingly voted down the club’s latest contract offer. After being locked out for more than seven months the club’s managers and board members are now trying to cut the unionized work force in half.


December 16, 2013

CUPE Locals avert strikes in Kootenays

KOOTENAYS - Members of CUPE Local 4165 in the School District 5 (Southeast Kootenay) and CUPE Local 748 School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) both achieved settlements with their respective employers and will be voting on ratification of collective agreements early this week.

“It was thanks to the dedication and solidarity of our members that we were able to achieve a settlement,” said Michelle Bennett, President of CUPE Local 748. “It is up to the members now. We are holding ratification meetings this week and will know the vote by 7PM, Wednesday, December 18th.”

December 13, 2013

Strike action set to start in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE – Municipal workers in Prince George will begin withdrawing services at 8 a.m. Saturday morning after being without a collective agreement for nearly one year.

More than 500 CUPE 399 and 1048 members have scheduled full scale job action at all city worksites. This is the first time job action has taken place in the City of Prince George.

December 11, 2013

52 CUPE K-12 Locals have concluded bargaining, 5 tables remain unsettled

BURNABY- CUPE’s 57 BC K-12 Local bargaining committees have worked hard, and continue to make sure members receive fair deals through the implementation the Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) negotiated by the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Provincial Bargaining Subcommittee and the BC Government on September 18th.