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May 14, 2015

CUPE BC donates $25,000 to Nepal earthquake relief efforts

BURNABY—British Columbia’s largest union, CUPE BC, has donated $25,000 to Oxfam Canada’s relief efforts in Nepal following the second of two deadly earthquakes that have ravaged the impoverished country.

“Delegates to our recent convention unanimously passed an emergency resolution to make this donation,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “It’s even more important that we step up given the second earthquake this week that has caused so much more devastation.”

Earlier this week, Oxfam Canada issued this statement:

May 13, 2015

CUPE takes on zero spending, tax plan in Powell River

POWELL RIVER - On the eve of entering into mediation with the City of Powell River, CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen cautioned Mayor and Council against continuing the previous council’s proposal for zero spending and tax increases to 2019.

“It always sounds like a good idea to tell people their taxes won’t be going up. But there is a high cost to a zero tax policy,” said Craigen. 

May 8, 2015

Northwest Community College important to the North

TERRACE – CUPE 2409 says that the comprehensive range of accredited first- and second-year university level Arts and Science courses available at Northwest Community College (NWCC) are important for residents and northern communities.

May 7, 2015

Fallen paramedics honoured with memorial at B.C. legislature

VICTORIA—Ambulance paramedics put their lives at risk every day and cannot be
thanked enough for the critical role they play in emergency health services. That message was loud and clear during a solemn dedication ceremony, held in the provincial capital on Wednesday (May 6), to memorialize the ten paramedics who have died on the job since the BC Ambulance Service was established in 1974.

May 6, 2015

Victoria brings new Parking Ambassadors in house

VICTORIA–The City of Victoria and CUPE Local 50 have announced that starting January 1, new Parking Ambassadors will be moved to an in-house model.

The in-house model is intended to give the City greater ability to offer a parking experience consistent with customer service objectives and stakeholder needs, while still regulating parking to ensure there is high turnover of parking spaces downtown.

May 5, 2015

Take Action for Child Care!

BURNABY—This coming weekend, advocates, families and other child care supporters throughout B.C. will be joining stroller brigades in their communities to ensure that the issue of quality child care is visible across Canada and to call on the government to support a $10-a-Day Child Care Plan for B.C.

Child care is good for the economy, good for families, good for Canada.

We know that Canada needs quality child care that all families can afford.

May 5, 2015

New Eastside sewage treatment consultations in the CRD

VICTORIA - Following a successful kickoff event held on April 29 at the Royal BC Museum, the Eastside Select Committee has announced three additional community dialogues. CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.

May 09, 11am-1pm
Saanich, Cedar Hill Rec Centre

May 09, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Oak Bay, Windsor Pavilion Sports Room

May 13, 10am-12pm
Victoria, Crystal Pool

May 4, 2015

CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work tomorrow.

Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.

May 4, 2015

Union hopeful that mediation will help achieve a settlement

POWELL RIVER - Powell River city workers have requested mediation in an effort to reach an agreement with the city and avoid service disruption.

“We know that the city is in good financial health and that other similar and neighbouring communities have reached agreements with their workers along the same terms that CUPE is seeking.  Given this, we are hopeful that mediation scheduled for May 14 and 15 will allow us to reach a fair agreement,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.

May 2, 2015

Hancock and Faoro re-elected President, Secretary-Treasurer

New executive board elected at 52nd annual CUPE BC Convention

VANCOUVER—Delegates to CUPE BC’s 2015 Convention in Vancouver today re-elected President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro, as well as a new Executive Board.