April 16, 2011

New video: Caring for students and B.C. public schools

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s K-12 committee presented a new video featuring members at work throughout the province at the CUPE BC 2011 convention.

Committee chair Deb Taylor said that convention delegates received the video with enthusiastic applause. “The video shows the range of work that CUPE members do within the public school system. We work directly with students. We keep schools and ground clean and safe and we maintain facilities.

February 4, 2011

Burnaby education forum shines a light on funding shortfalls

BURNABY-The challenges and solutions facing public education were front and centre at a town hall forum in Burnaby on February 2. Burnaby MLAs Kathy Corrigan and Raj Chouhan were among the crowd of close to 75 people in attendance.

February 1, 2011

Public Employee magazine features K-12 issues

CUPE BC’s magazine Public Employee takes a sweeping look at the issues facing public education in B.C. in the Fall 2010 edition. Check out the feature article “Education that works. It’s time to end BC Liberal school wars.”


October 20, 2010

School trustees should advocate for better education funding - poll

BURNABY—An Angus Reid survey shows that 75 per cent of B.C.

October 18, 2010

Vancouver police chief, school trustees launch ‘Be a Fan’ campaign

VANCOUVER—School trustees are hosting a community conversation about why Vancouver public schools matter. A grey day Vancouver didn’t dampen the spirits of Police Chief Jim Chu who joined Vancouver school trustees to talk about his experience in the Vancouver public school system.

October 14, 2010

BCeSIS failures offer lessons for future shared services

BURNABY - September’s near-collapse of the online student information system known as BCeSIS is more evidence that the BC government should proceed with caution on shared services initiatives.

While there have been issues since the introduction of the BC enterprise Student Information System (BCeSIS) in 2005, staff and teachers reported major problems with it this year.

In response, CUPE Research canvassed members who work with BCeSIS in the K-12 system and found that CUPE members have faced major and chronic work disruption this year.

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September 27, 2010

Kootenay presidents discuss bargaining, member engagement issues

PUBLIC PRIDE—CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock (centre) poses with Kootenay District Council members and regional staff in front of the recently completed—and publicly-operated—Creston Recreation Centre.

CRESTON—CUPE members in the Kootenays who work in the municipal, K-12 and library sectors were the focus of a productive all-presidents meeting here on September 24.

Continuing a proud tradition in the province’s southeastern corner, B.C.

June 25, 2010

New school buses unveiled with more cost cutting studies

BURNABY—The BC government announcement that it is providing 106 new green school buses will be welcomed in school districts throughout B.C.

However, the June 25 announcement included a repeat of government’s desire to further study cost savings options such as bulk purchasing.

And while new buses will be more efficient, districts with higher-than-average transportation costs have faced years of underfunding as a result of a freeze in the supplementary transportation support

June 16, 2010

Welcoming aboriginal school workers in the Cowichan Valley

DUNCAN—On June 11 representatives from CUPE 606 and the Cowichan Valley School District gathered in Duncan, B.C., with members of the Cowichan Tribes Band, to finalize a historic agreement bringing aboriginal workers into the school district and into CUPE.

Cowichan Cultural Teaching Assistant Stuart Pagaduan said, “I can say without hesitation our membership in CUPE is a huge celebration! We raise our hands in thanks to those involved in the negotiations. We see the value in becoming CUPE and we can relate it to our cultural teachings.