October 14, 2011

Kent municipal workers ratify three-year deal

KENT—CUPE Local 458 workers have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the District of Kent.

The municipal workers and the Council for the District have a new deal which expires on Dec. 31, 2013.  Included in the package are wage increases in each year, access to laser treatments under vision care and a direct pay drug card.

CUPE 458 president Bryan Bickley says that “the improvements we have been able to make in this agreement are consistent with those in neighbouring communities.

October 13, 2011

Victoria municipal workers reach tentative agreement

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 and the city of Victoria have reached a tentative agreement. Details will be released once the union, the city and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association ratify the deal. The union’s ratification vote will be held on Oct. 17.

Negotiations began nearly six months ago for a contract that expired on Dec. 31, 2010.  A strike vote was taken last month.

September 30, 2011

Big reward for recycling

CUPE workers recognized for their role in waste reduction and communications

PORT COQUITLAM—In-house waste collection from CUPE 498 has played a key role in making Port Coquitlam among B.C.’s best.

The city of Port Coquitlam was honored in Vancouver yesterday at the Union of BC Municipalities’ annual awards for its continued commitment to waste reduction and online communications.

The City of Port Coquitlam won awards in two categories; they received first place in the Best Practices - Leadership & Innovation Award category for large urban m

September 22, 2011

Solid Win on Solid Waste

Talking trash wins international recognition for Port Moody

PORT MOODY—The return to in-house waste collection has won Port Moody a 2011 Solid Waste Association of North America Award of Excellence.

The contenders were cities, towns and municipalities across North America. The bronze award for Port Moody “recognizes outstanding solid waste reduction programs,” in this case for communications.

September 14, 2011

PNE workers vote 92% in favour of strike

VANCOUVER—CUPE workers at the Pacific National Exhibition have given their bargaining committee an overwhelming 92-per-cent strike mandate.  The vote was taken Sept 12-13.

CUPE 1004 Business Agent Steve Varty says the result reflects the frustration that a deal has not been reached.  This is the first time in 25 years an agreement was not signed before the Fair. 

Contract talks broke down between the PNE and CUPE Local 1004 three weeks ago, but more talks have now been scheduled for next week.  The workers have been without a contract since Jan.

September 8, 2011

Strong strike mandate for Campbell River workers

CAMPBELL RIVER—CUPE members working for the City of Campbell River have voted 88.3 per cent in favour of strike action.

CUPE 401 Campbell River Unit president Blaine Gurrie reports that of the 161 permanent and auxiliary employees, 137 members came out to vote this week on whether they should strike.

“This is a very strong signal of member support for our bargaining committee,” says Gurrie, adding that the workers have been without a contract since Dec.

August 2, 2011

Powell River Municipal Bargaining Update

POWELL RIVER – The union representing municipal workers has applied for mediation through the BC Labour Relations Board to expedite contract talks with the City of Powell River.

CUPE Local 798 represents more than 150 City of Powell River municipal workers and has been at the table since October 2009.

May 25, 2011

Four-year deal for Courtenay city workers

COURTENAY – CUPE municipal workers and the City of Courtenay have ratified a new collective agreement.

The 80 members of CUPE Local 556 have approved a four-year package that includes wage increases of 2 per cent, 2 per cent, 2.75 per cent and 2.25 per cent respectively and improvements to the fair distribution of work.

May 19, 2011

Tentative agreements in Comox and Courtenay

COURTENAY – CUPE Local 556 municipal workers and the City of Courtenay have reached a tentative collective agreement. The news came after a full day of negotiations Tuesday. The agreement must still be ratified by the 80 CUPE inside and outside workers and Courtenay City Council. Details will not be released until both sides have studied the tentative agreement.

The Local also reached a tentative agreement this week between its Comox municipal workers and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). The parties were in negotiations since December of 2010.

April 27, 2011

Courtenay city workers vote to strike for fairness and respect

COURTENAY—Last night, the city workers of Courtenay, represented by CUPE 556, voted 92 per cent to strike for fairness and respect on the job.  Despite huge budget surpluses, exorbitant managerial wages and substantial boosts to private contractor pay, the city workers are frustrated by the employer’s argument that they cannot afford to properly compensate city workers.

“Everyone deserves a fair share,” says Melissa Moroz, CUPE National representative and negotiator for CUPE 556.  “City workers are a proud part of what makes Courtenay work and it only makes sense that they