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January 20, 2010

Hearts out to Haiti

BURNABY —The CUPE BC executive board has unanimously passed a motion to send $15,000 to Oxfam Quebec to help Haiti. CUPE National’s donations have topped $100,000.

CUPE BC encourages every CUPE Local and every CUPE member to help out in this horrific disaster.

December 14, 2009

Paramedics talks to continue

VANCOUVER —The CUPE 873 bargaining team is set to meet with representatives of the BC Ambulance Service Wednesday and Thursday. Talks for a new collective agreement started last week.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC bargaining team spokesman John Horsfield said he is “cautiously optimistic” after last week’s session.

December 2, 2009

December 6 1989 – Marking 20 years

Day of remembrance and action to end violence against women

BURNABY-On December 6 we remember and mourn the 14 women who were murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.

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December 1, 2009

CUPE makes its presents known

VANCOUVER - More than 100 CUPE members, ambulance paramedics and community activists were on hand last night to greet Premier Gordon Campbell at his annual Christmas party at the UBC Golf Club. Campbell had to run a gauntlet of protesters with Fight Bill 21 signs to enter the building.

Santas and their elves gave out gift bags with a CUPE first aid kit, Champions of Education bumph and a Campbell cartoon featuring The Grinch Who Stole Collective Bargaining! The Solidarity Notes Choir serenaded B.C.

November 29, 2009

Island rallies gain momentum

NANAIMO – CUPE members and community supporters on Vancouver Island turned out in full force this week to demand their right to free collective bargaining.

In Courtenay Friday, more than 200 people rallied outside Comox Valley Liberal MLA Don McRae’s constituency office telling the Campbell government to bargain in good faith with the Ambulance Paramedics.

In Nanaimo Saturday, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill reminded a boisterous crowd of the critical and often dangerous work of B.C.’s 3,500 ambulanc

November 2, 2009

Paramedics legislation a shameful first

VICTORIA - The B.C. Liberals are legislating the province’s 3,500 striking ambulance paramedics “back to work” with the Ambulance Services Collective Agreement Act. The move today in the Legislature is a first in Canadian labour history. It marks the first time a government has forced public employees to accept a collective agreement while the union is in the middle of voting on an offer from that same government.

April 13, 2016

Township of Langley Arenas brought back in-house

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY- CUPE 403 is proud to announce that after nearly 20 years two arenas in the Township of Langley will once again be operated in-house. The George Preston Recreation Centre and the Aldergrove Community Arena will both be staffed by CUPE 403 members starting July 1, 2016.

April 12, 2016

CUPE 15 urges public to stand up for public education

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is considering permanent closure of 12 to 13 schools in order to balance their budget. The BC Liberal government has increased funding to private schools while making cuts to the public system. After fifteen years of chronic underfunding, arbitrary occupancy rate requirements, downloading extra costs to boards and families, and reneging on their promise to seismically upgrade all schools by 2020, this government has clearly shown its lack of commitment to public education. 

April 8, 2016

Sooke Wastewater Services to be delivered in-house

SOOKE – The District of Sooke has voted unanimously to end their contract with for-profit contractor EPCOR and bring wastewater services in-house. Sooke staff estimate that the District can save approximately $225,000 annually by operating and maintaining the system themselves.

There will be a six month transition period and the District will officially take over as of October 1, 2016.

April 1, 2016

CUPE mourns Local 1004 member killed on the job

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 and the entire CUPE family are mourning the death of Jody Taylor, a 43-year-old arborist for the Vancouver Park Board who died yesterday while on the job in Connaught Park doing the work he loved.

CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger joined Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Manager Sadhu Johnston, Park Board Manager Malcolm Bromley, and Park Board Commissioner John Coupar at a press briefing this morning at City Hall to express condolences to Brother Taylor’s family, friends and co-workers affected by this terrible event.