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October 8, 2009

Library workers take 'dare' from Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER—Members of CUPE 391 (Vancouver and Gibsons Public Library Workers) have joined a unique campaign by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help raise funds to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.

This month (October 17-25), thousands of Canadians will take part in a nationwide challenge, called "A Dare to Remember" in which participants choose a dare - it could be funny, sporty, healthy - then ask others to sponsor them. This financial support can help families and communities turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

October 6, 2009

Electoral reform needs broader consultation: CUPE

BURNABY— Premier Gordon Campbell’s announcement of a new task force on electoral reform in B.C.

October 2, 2009

UBCM elects first aboriginal president

VANCOUVER – CUPE delegates were among those on hand today to welcome Harry Nyce as the first aboriginal president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. The 61-year-old Nisga'a activist and politician as sworn in this morning by delegates from 189 B.C. municipalities after being voted in unanimously. Nyce’s home - Gitwinksihlkw in the Nass Valley - recently became B.C.'s first aboriginal community to join the UBCM.

October 1, 2009

CUPE renews community commitment at UBCM

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s 14 delegates at the 2009 UBCM Annual Convention are talking with community leaders to highlight the work CUPE members do. The goal is to renew CUPE’s commitment to make B.C.’s communities stronger and more sustainable.

October 1, 2009

CoDev calls for action on Honduras

VANCOUVER—Despite international condemnation of the interim Honduran government since the June 28 coup d’état — even from the World Bank, which has cut off aid—the government of Canada continues to support the coup leaders with an engagement policy that ignores flagrant human rights abuses, says CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev).

October 1, 2009

CUPE BC president slams ambulance boss

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill has slammed the head of the BC Ambulance Service for “fear mongering”.

O’Neill’s comments came during negotiations between striking Ambulance Paramedics of BC (CUPE 873), and the provincial government. The government delivered a “settlement offer” Monday, which CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier told his members he would present to them for a vote.

September 29, 2009

Community Health members prepare for 2010 bargaining

BURNABY—CUPE Community Health sector members from Locals 15, 1978, 3495, and 4816 held a one-day bargaining conference this weekend at the Metrotown Hilton.

Health Care President’s Council president Frank de Waard welcomed the 30 members to the conference.

“We are the most valuable asset that the Health Authority has,” said de Waard.

September 29, 2009

Register now for Champions for Public Education conference

VANCOUVER - CUPE BC’s Champions for Public Education conference promises to be a stimulating experience for CUPE members in the K-12, college and university sectors.

The conference runs from Monday, October 26 to Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in Vancouver. And the registration deadline is Friday, October 9, so get your registrations in as soon as possible.

Distinguished UBC law professor and author Joel Bakan is the keynote speaker and will open the conference on Monday night. Mr.

September 29, 2009

CUPE welcomes new college local

PRINCE GEORGE—CUPE’s newest B.C. local is looking forward to their first visit from CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

September 29, 2009

Paramedics to take ‘offer’ on tour

VANCOUVER—The CUPE 873 bargaining team is taking the government’s latest “settlement offer” to members across the province. Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier announced the tour today.

“The employer (BC Ambulance Service) has implied that our bargaining team and our executive don’t represent our members,” Strohmaier said, “so we have decided to consult directly with our 3,500 members on their latest proposal.” Strohmaier said the executive will be strongly recommending rejection of the offer, calling it “repugnant”.