June 2, 2010

Mission Board of Education has its priorities wrong…

District 75 Mission faces serious financial problems as a result of chronic provincial underfunding and downloaded costs without proper financial support. As a result, the District faces a $2.8 million funding shortfall as it takes steps to prepare its annual budget for the 2010-11 year.

CUPE Local 593 is sympathetic to the District’s financial plight.

June 1, 2010

CUPE school staff give notice to bargain

BURNABY—CUPE locals representing staff in the public education system have served notice to open bargaining with their employers. Collective agreements covering over 26,000 workers in school districts throughout the province expire on June 30.

The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council served formal notice today to the BC Public School Employers’ Association on behalf of member locals.

May 27, 2010

Shared services review: Adequate funding, real partnerships needed in public education

BURNABY-The BC government announcement that four school districts will participate in a pilot project on shared services appears to be yet another edict from on high to avoid working with education stakeholders and deal with the realities of a seriously underfunded public education system.

“As far as we can tell, government rushed this announcement, without meaningful discussion with local education partners, including elected trustees,” says CUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock.

April 22, 2010

CUPE demands action on education funding

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s annual convention is calling on the provincial government to convene an emergency summit on the crisis in public education funding.

CUPE BC will also commission an independent assessment of the BC government’s claim of the ‘highest funding ever’ for K-12 education in the wake of massive service and program cuts, school closures and job loss in school districts throughout the province.

In an emergency resolution to be debated this afternoon, CUPE BC calls for support for elected trustees and boards of education who are advocating for fair funding, includin

April 19, 2010

Packed hall for public education

CUPE 15 member Elizabeth Dollaga with president Paul FaoroVANCOUVER—The hall at John Oliver Secondary School was filled with parents, students, staff, teachers and politicians – all united in their support for fair funding for Vancouver schools.

CUPE 15 member Elizabeth Dollaga was one of the speakers at the event.

April 16, 2010

Forum to stop the cuts to Vancouver schools

VANCOUVER —The Stop School Cuts Coalition of Vancouver is hosting a public education forum to highlight the drastic proposed cuts to the VSB budget.

April 9, 2010

Provincial underfunding to blame for VSB budget woes

VANCOUVER—Education minister Margaret MacDiarmid was not on hand to hear the community struggle with an $18 million funding shortfall in the Vancouver school district.

“It is truly shameful that this minister refuses to come face-to-face with the trustees, parents, staff and students who are being hurt by underfunding,” said CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro. Trustees on the Vancouver Board of Education had invited the minister to attend.

January 27, 2010

New West school district says goodbye to bottled water

NEW WESTMINISTER – The New Westminster Board of Education has voted unanimously to end the use of bottled water in school facilities and promote public water through educational material.

The motion, brought forward by trustee Lori Watt, directs staff to stop providing bottled water at events hosted by School District 40, phase out contracts for bottled water companies, and report on the status of water fountains in school buildings.

Marcel Marsolais, CUPE 409 presidentThe school district joins Metr

January 17, 2010

K-12 presidents’ council maps bargaining strategy

Kootenay area presidents Michelle Bennett, CUPE 748 (Kootenay Lake Schools) and Cherryl MacLeod, CUPE 1285 (Kootenay-Columbia Schools)

RICHMOND—More than 50 local presidents from school district locals throughout the province met in Richmond Friday to review bargaining survey results and begin to map out 2010 bargaining priorities and strategy. Guests at the CUPE B.C.

January 6, 2010

A new look at the public education funding crisis

BURNABY —A financial crisis currently plagues BC public schools. CUPE National research representative John Malcolmson offers a new look at how and where the crisis is happening.

The signs of the public education funding crisis are everywhere. Parents are increasingly roiled with the ongoing assault on what public schools are able to offer their children. School trustees are starting to move to a more assertive political stance after years of concern over the program cuts they find themselves forced to make.