January 5, 2016

Library workers raise awareness with ad campaign

NANAIMO – Members of the public will meet CUPE 401 members who work in libraries through an ad campaign launching today. The campaign draws attention to the public library services provided by more than 200 workers at Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL).

“Our members care about the communities they serve," said CUPE 401 President Blaine Gurrie. “This is an opportunity for the public, and the library board, to get to know them.”

August 20, 2015

Front line library safety survey offers insights

BURNABY - Phase one of the CUPE BC Library Health & Safety Survey is complete and has
been very successful. With more than 500 library workers from 50 communities responding to a written survey, the results will offer significant insights into the growing challenges faced across British Columbia.

June 3, 2015

CUPE BC library worker safety survey still open

BURNABY— In mid-May, the CUPE BC Library Committee launched a survey to look at changing safety conditions for CUPE members in library workplaces across B.C.

The survey is open to all CUPE members who work in library workplaces in B.C., including public libraries, school and campus libraries. As it will remain open until June 30 all CUPE workers in library workplaces, are encouraged to take a few minutes to fill in the survey.

May 21, 2015

Showing our support for B.C. libraries

CUPE BC was once again a Gold Sponsor of the President’s Reception at the BC Library Association 2015 conference. BCLA President Heather Buzzell pictured here with CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and General Vice-President Karen Ranalletta.

May 15, 2015

CUPE BC launches library worker safety survey

BURNABY—CUPE represents members who work in libraries across all sectors in B.C. In recognition of the increasing number of issues coming forward, the CUPE BC Library Committee has launched a survey to look at changing health and safety conditions for CUPE members in library workplaces across B.C.

The survey will give CUPE important information about what the health and safety issues are for CUPE’s library workers. Once the results are compiled, this will be a useful tool in advocating for improvements.

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 15, 2013

Library workers in New Westminster vote to join CUPE

NEW WESTMINSTER—Library workers in New Westminster have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining CUPE.

“New Westminster public library workers are a welcome addition to the growing CUPE library sector,” says Heather Inglis, CUPE BC’s library coordinator. “Library services are undergoing change at an unprecedented rate and these workers have chosen to join a union that understands the value of libraries to their community and has the resources to support them now and into the future.”

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.

September 26, 2011

CUPE Locals help spread the word about literacy

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC and CUPE members from locals 15, 389, 391 and 1004 partnered together this past Sunday (Sept. 25) to celebrate reading and help advocate literacy at the 2011 “Word on the Street” event. 

The festival held downtown at Vancouver Public Library’s main branch, Library Square, and attracts over 40,000 community members.

December 10, 2009

Creston Library talks bound for mediation

CRESTON – Talks are off to a shaky start for a first contract at the Creston & District Public Library. After meeting with the employer for the first time this week, CUPE National Representative Lee-Anne Halifax said the two sides appear to be “miles apart.”

Halifax said the talks for a first contract were held Monday and Tuesday. The Library Association has hired the same “labour consultant” who oversaw the three-month lockout of library workers in Grand Forks.