August 8, 2012

CUPE members celebrate Pride

 RAINBOW WARRIORS--CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock joins other executive board members and local activists in front of CUPE 116’s float at the Pride Parade on Sunday (August 5)

VANCOUVER—Queer pride celebrations around the province continued on Sunday (August 5) with CUPE members braving the heat to march in the Lower Mainland’s massive Pride parade.

June 6, 2012

CUPE proud to support DTES Aboriginal Day Festival

VANCOUVER - For the third year in a row, CUPE is proud to support the Downtown Eastside's Aboriginal Days celebration. The daylong event is on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, and will feature cultural performances, storytelling, a feast, and children’s entertainment.

June 4, 2012

Our Dreams Matter too: Walk for culturally based equity for First Nations children

On June 11, 2012 give First Nations children the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their cultures.

Encourage children, youth, families, schools and organizations in your area to write letters to your MP and the Prime Minister supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children and organize a walk to a mail box in your community!

Postage is free for letters to the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament.

Link to video

May 31, 2012

Translink decision to eliminate TaxiSaver program postponed

VANCOUVER- At a May 2nd in-camera meeting, Translink decided to eliminate the TaxiSavers Program for seniors and people with disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area without any public consultation. Yesterday, Translink was forced to back down because of the public outcry.

The TaxiSavers program permits people with disabilities and seniors to purchase taxi scripts at a 50 % discount.  This provides people with disabilities and seniors the same flexible transportation options as other people at an affordable cost.

May 16, 2012

CUPE Taking a Stand Against Workplace Homophobia

BURNABY— In the past months, there has been increasing awareness of the devastating impact that homophobic bullying can have in high schools. The same issues exist in workplaces, and hurts worker’s moral, and the company bottom line.

 Mental harassment and psychological disorders, bullying and professional psychological illnesses are just a few of the damaging side effects of discrimination.

May 4, 2012

CUPE BC celebrates Asian Heritage Month

BURNABY—The members of B.C.’s diverse, vibrant and growing Asian Canadian community take pride in sharing their rich cultural heritage during the month of May. Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, and to promote their many achievements and contributions to our union and communities from coast to coast. 

April 27, 2012

Delegates shaken & stirred at equality forum

VICTORIA—There was laughter. There were tears. And there was a whole lotta shakin’ going on at Thursday night’s equality forum at CUPE BC’s 49th annual convention.

Co-presented by the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination and the International Solidarity Committee, the equality forum featured a trio of compelling guest speakers bookended by a brief workshop in traditional Metis “jigging” dance and a wildly colourful exhibition of Bhangra dance.

March 20, 2012

Anti-racist march celebrates diversity, condemns Harper immigration policy

VANCOUVER—CUPE activists were among the boisterous crowd that staged a highly visible march against racism on March 18, in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21).

On Sunday afternoon, Vancouver police halted traffic for a several-block stretch of East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive as about 300 people proceeded north from a rally at Clark Park, on the corner of Commercial Drive and 14th, to Grandview Park at Commercial and Charles.

March 13, 2012

Join the community march against racism

VANCOUVER—In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21, a community march and rally against racism will be held on Sunday afternoon (March 18) in Vancouver. The event, which will include family-friendly festivities, begins at Clark Park (Commercial and 14th) at 2 p.m. and ends at Grandview Park (Commercial and Charles).

March 21 marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid's passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186.

February 7, 2012

CUPE BC celebrates Black History Month

BURNABY—In an effort to promote an active and inclusive union and to promote equality in our society and our workplaces, CUPE BC and its members celebrate black history every year during the month of February.

This is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions made to British Columbian society, and to our Union, by Canadians of African origin. Among them have been celebrated NDP activists Emery Barnes, a former BC Lions player and Speaker of the House, and Rosemary Brown, a leading women’s advocate and teacher; Seraphim “Joe” Fortes, English Bay’s first o