June 18, 2014

Gibsons library workers conclude a new agreement

GIBSONS — The Gibsons and District Public Library Board and its workers, who are members of  CUPE 391, have reached a new four-year collective agreement.

CUPE 391 members held a ratification vote on June 4, while the Library Board ratified the agreement on June 14.

April 1, 2014

CUPE BC supports library conference

BC Library Conference: CUPE BC president Mark Hancock with keynote speaker Ivan Coyote and CUPE BC Library Committee members Renee Milaney and Denise Parks.

VANCOUVER—The 2014 BC Library Association conference themed Hello,World! opened last night with a keynote speech by award-winning author and engaging storyteller Ivan Coyote.

March 26, 2013

Cheque cheers locked-out landscapers

CUPE 3966 president Barbara Wilson and locked out 4964 vice-president Mike Pavlicevic at the gates to the Quilchena Golf Course

RICHMOND – CUPE 4964 workers at the Quilchena Golf Course marked their 50th day of being locked out with a visit from Barbara Wilson, president of CUPE 3966.  Wilson was on hand first thing this morning to present the local with a donation cheque of $500.

March 11, 2013

Richmond Library Workers ratify new collective agreement

RICHMOND— Members of CUPE Local 3966, Richmond library workers, and the Richmond Public Library have ratified a new collective agreement.

“Our bargaining committee is very pleased to have reached a fair agreement which both parties view as positive for our library. This agreement provides improvements for our members but will also positively impact our community and those who depend on the important services CUPE 3966 members provide,” says Barbara Wilson, CUPE 3966 president.

March 7, 2013

CUPE 391 ratifies new collective agreement

VANCOUVER—CUPE 391 members have ratified a new four-year collective agreement with the Vancouver Public Library Board.

CUPE 391 voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new agreement this past Sunday (March 3) while the library board met Tuesday night (March 5) and ratified the agreement.

January 10, 2013

CUPE 825 ratifies four-year collective agreement

PORT MOODY—The City of Port Moody and members of CUPE 825, municipal and library workers, have ratified a four-year collective agreement. CUPE 825 ratified the agreement on Wednesday, January 9 and the City ratified on Tuesday, December 18.

“The collaborative relationship that has been developed between the union and employer in past years helped both parties reach a fair and equitable settlement for all stakeholders,” said CUPE 825 president Raman Braich.

December 4, 2012

Armstrong library workers vote to join CUPE

ARMSTRONG—Library workers at the Armstrong branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming the newest members of CUPE 1123 last Friday, November 30. 

Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123 president, welcomes the newest members to the growing local. In the past several months library workers in Princeton, Oliver, Keremeos, Kaleden and Hedley have all decided to join CUPE 1123. The local now represents close to 200 library workers throughout the Okanagan.

November 26, 2012

Invermere Library Workers Join CUPE

INVERMERE—Library workers at the Invermere Public Library have voted unanimously in favour of joining CUPE.

Nicole Pawlak, a community librarian at the Invermere Public Library, says that the five library workers are looking forward to moving ahead with this new chapter.

“Library workers are front-line employees who carry out the day-to-day operations at the library,” says Pawlak. “We feel that by joining CUPE we will have a stronger voice and be able to better serve our community.”

November 7, 2012

Looking into the future of libraries

LANGLEY— CUPE library workers from throughout the lower mainland attended the Fraser Valley Region Libraries’ “Future of Libraries and Cities” conference in Langley last week.

Heads of libraries, city councillors, library board members and library workers heard a four-part presentation from futurist Thomas Frey. The conference was designed to give attendees the opportunity to put their minds together and talk about what they think the future holds for libraries.

October 24, 2012

Two Okanagan library branches join CUPE 1123

KELOWNA—Employees at the Oliver and Kaleden Okanagan Regional Library branches have voted in favour of becoming CUPE members.

Oliver workers voted in favour of joining CUPE at the end of last month while Kaleden workers took their vote last week. Library workers at both branches will join CUPE 1123, the local which currently represents frontline staff at 17 ORL branches throughout the Okanagan.

CUPE 1123 president Rose Jurkic says that employees at the two branches felt it was the right time to join CUPE.