August 8, 2012

Province launches new assault on post secondary workers

BURNABY—In their latest attack on post secondary education, the BC Liberals are fastracking a new plan to slash jobs and money from BC’s already hemorrhaging college and university bud

May 10, 2012

North Island College losing ‘face’

COURTENAY – North Island College is abandoning its satellite education centres in Gold River and Bella Coola.

The planned closures are a giant step in the wrong direction, according to CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.  “The last thing these economically hard-hit communities need is reduced access to job training and post secondary education,” says O’Neill.  “We are leaving British Columbians in remote communities out in the cold at a time when they most need opportunities for quality education programs close to home.”.

April 13, 2012

Post Secondary Employer Group Abandons Provincial Template Table Negotiations

Following more than two years of protracted negotiations, the Post Secondary Employers Association (PSEA) announced that it is abandoning the Provincial Template Table negotiations, the College and Institute Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) said today.

The employer group, which represents 9 of 19 college, institute and university employers, cited the potential impact of Provincial Template Table negotiations on other local post secondary tables as a reason for walking away from the negotiations.

February 16, 2012

Union leaders denounce ‘anti-democratic’ Bill 18

BURNABY—The presidents of the three largest unions in the post-secondary sector – the Federation of Post Secondary Educators (FPSE), the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – have united in opposition to the B.C. Liberal government’s anti-democratic amendments to the College and Institute Act and the University Act, being debated in the legislature as part of Bill 18.

February 2, 2012

BC Jobs Plan failing northern communities

Community college layoffs reflect lack of commitment to northern economy

BURNABY—With an unemployment rate in northern B.C. sitting at 11.5 per cent and layoffs looming at northern colleges, the B.C. government’s vaunted BC Jobs Plan is failing northern communities, unions representing post secondary workers said today.

The B.C.

October 12, 2011

Fall Newsletter from CUPE 2081 at Camosun College

The CUPE 2081 newsletter, The Pressure Point, is published four times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The Pressure Point serves to keep members up to date about important issues, opportunities and events.


July 22, 2011

New website helps members connect with community

VICTORIA—With a brand new video from CUPE 2081 members at Camosun College, CUPE has launched a new website to help connect workers in the college sector to each other and their communities.

CUPE members in the B.C. colleges sector help students in British Columbia receive quality post-secondary education from application to graduation.

May 18, 2011

CUPE education bargainers meet – build solidarity

Terry Allen, Michelle Waite, Colleen Garbe and Lois Rugg.VANCOUVER—CUPE college and university bargaining committees met this week with the chair of the CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council to talk issues and strategy.

April 29, 2011

CUPE college bargainers head back to local tables

BURNABY—CUPE locals in the CUPE Colleges Bargaining Council (CCBC) have returned to local bargaining tables to resume bargaining discussions.

The College and Institute Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) met with the Post-Secondary Employers’ Council (PSEA) last week and after joint discussions the parties agreed to resume provincial talks at a later time.  CISSBA includes CUPE (CCBC) members as well as BCGEU and FPSE support staff.

CCBC Chair Michelle Waite says that CUPE locals hope to have some good discussion and find solutions to in-house issues.