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November 15, 2009

CUPE members in Okanagan say “Kill Bill 21”

VERNON—CUPE members demonstrated at Liberal MLA Eric Foster’s constituency office on Saturday to protest Bill 21 – the Liberal government’s unprecedented legislation that forces workers, who were in the middle of voting on a collective agreement, back to work. The small crowd of Okanagan Mainline District Council delegates was joined by concerned members from the community.

November 12, 2009

Free public forum on child care

VANCOUVER—The verdict has long been in – a public system blending early childhood education and child care (ECEC) delivers high quality programs for children and families. What would that system look like? What can we do to push governments to act?

Canada’s private approach to child care has produced a patchwork of unplanned programs that vary in quality affordability and availability.

November 12, 2009

SPCA cancels night emergency for animals

VANCOUVER— CUPE 1622 has been advised by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that effective January 1, 2010 the Lower Mainland night emergency program late shift will be eliminated.

“We are very concerned that injured animals or those in distress will receive no response from the SPCA from midnight to 8:30AM,” says Mark Hancock, CUPE BC Secretary Treasurer and former member of the SPCA board.

The Society is also replacing the SPCA emergency response officer who works until midnight with

November 10, 2009

Maude Barlow in Victoria November 20

Why privatization is a bad idea for Victoria’s sewage treatment

VICTORIA- Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and former senior advisor on water to the president of the UN General Assembly, will be speaking in Victoria on Friday, November 20.

November 7, 2009

Paramedics' legal strike ended by force

VICTORIA—The Liberal government has forced an end to the Ambulance Paramedics legal strike following an all-night session in the B.C.

November 6, 2009


CUPE rally outside VANOC HQ
3585 Graveley St. at Boundary
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Friday, Nov. 6

VANCOUVER—CUPE members, striking (but still working) Ambulance Paramedics, CUPE 873, and labour supporters will hold a midday rally outside the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) headquarters in Vancouver Friday. The B.C.

November 6, 2009

Paramedics rally at VANOC

VANCOUVER—More than 400 striking ambulance paramedics, CUPE 873, and union supporters came out for a boisterous midday rally against Bill 21 Friday.

Rally speakers pointed to Bill 21, the Ambulance Services Collective Agreement Act now before the House, as a shameful first in Canadian Labour history – the first time a government has forced

its public employees back to work while the workers are in the middle of voting on a contract offer from that same government.

The crowd gathered outside t

November 4, 2009

Minister admits VANOC pressure

VICTORIA - Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon now admits that demands from the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) to end the ambulance paramedics strike led to back-to-work legislation.

Falcon had repeatedly claimed in the B.C.

November 3, 2009

VANOC edict behind repressive legislation

VICTORIA - A memo from VANOC to the provincial ambulance service appears to be behind the government’s move to legislate B.C.’s 3,500 striking ambulance paramedics “back to work” in the middle of collective bargaining.

Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon has repeatedly denied that the Olympics ordered his government’s attack on collective bargaining rights. He introduced Bill 21 yesterday in the House to impose a contract on the paramedics that will last until after the 2010 Games.

November 3, 2009

Grand Forks goes public to improve quality

GRAND FORKS—CUPE 4728 members will once again provide garbage and recycling collection starting Canada Day 2010 - thanks to the local’s five years of work to bring solid waste collection back in-house. CUPE 4728 members in Grand Forks helped the CAO make the case for public sector provision of solid waste, recycling, and compostable yard waste.

“Thanks to a great collaborative effort with our local and the CAO, residents will win,” says CUPE 4728 president Ross Idler.