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February 19, 2010

Final call for convention resolutions

BURNABY—With only two months remaining before CUPE BC’s annual convention, all locals and district councils affiliated to the union are encouraged to submit final resolutions by tomorrow (February 20) and return their credentials for registration by Friday, March 5.

This year’s convention takes place in Vancouver at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from April 21-24.

For more details, see the convention call.


February 18, 2010

New pension plan for community social services

BURNABY—On April 1, CUPE’s community social services workers become eligible to join the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The ability to join the MPP was a major gain made in the 2006 round of bargaining.

February 18, 2010

Creston library workers get ‘solid’ first agreement

CRESTON— The 13 members of CUPE 4959 who work at Creston Public Library look forward to serving the public in a healthy working environment, thanks to a first collective agreement that includes wage increases, job security provisions and a new RRSP benefit.

“This is a solid new agreement that really recognizes the concerns that our members and their local brought to the bargaining table,” said CUPE National representative Lee-Anne Halifax.

“All these library members really want is respect in their workplace, and this contract gives them that.”

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February 12, 2010

Supporters rally to defend Insite from Feds

VANCOUVER – More than 150 people rallied on Wednesday in support of Insite, North America’s only supervised injection site. The crowd included members of CUPE 1004 and CUPE 15, community residents, patients, and the general public who sent a message to Stephen Harper that “Insite saves lives.”

The impromptu rally was called to protest the prime minister’s call for a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on who has jurisdiction over Insite – the provincial or federal government.

February 9, 2010

Jargon-laden Throne Speech hints at mass privatization

BURNABY— This year’s Speech from the Throne leaves no doubt that the BC Liberal government has completely ignored all expert evidence to date about the folly of public-private partnerships (P3s) and intends to push ahead with a misguided agenda of mass privatization, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“As usual, the Throne Speech is full of jargon about big ideas and short on specifics,” said CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

February 9, 2010

O’Neill addresses hundreds on “local first”

COMOX—The school gymnasium at Highland Senior Secondary School was filled to the bleachers on Monday for CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill’s address on the importance of local investment policies that strengthen communities.

Nearly 350 K-12 support staff workers were in attendance to hear O’Neill’s speech, “Investing in Local Economies,” which touched on themes the CUPE BC president developed during a provincial tour in 2008-09.

February 9, 2010

UVic rally for public services, free collective bargaining

VICTORIA—Whistles blew, sirens wailed and hundreds of leaflets were handed out at a rally at UVic on February 8. CUPE members from six BC universities joined allies in Victoria to raise awareness about threats to public services.

February 8, 2010

Tentative agreement for health care workers

BURNABY—A tentative agreement covering more than 48,000 hospital and long-term care workers has been reached between the multi-union Facilities Bargaining Association and B.C.’s health employers.

The two-year agreement protects wages and extended health benefits, expands options for workers affected by restructuring and privatization, and provides for compensation increases for targeted job categories.

The agreement was reached against the backdrop of a government freeze on public sector compensation and just weeks before the tabling of a post-Olympic budget that is expected

February 5, 2010

O’Neill to address local economy at Comox event

COMOX—The president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, B.C. division, will provide the keynote address at Monday’s Professional Development Day event, to be held at Highland Senior Secondary School in Comox.

Each year, CUPE Local 439 organizes a themed event for Professional Development Day in the Comox Valley school district.

February 5, 2010

New resources to fight privatization

BURNABY—Activists across the province are gearing up to protect public services and working with communities to stop privatization of health care, water and wastewater and other areas. The good news is that there are many reasons to say NO to privatization and there is a growing body of solid research demonstrating that public-private partnerships (P3s) don’t work.

For a quick read – take a look at Ten reasons to say no to privatization.