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August 11, 2009

Lifeguards showcase skills in Langley competition

LANGLEY– Lifeguards tested skills against other teams from B.C. at a one-day lifeguard competition held on Saturday, August 8 at the Walnut Grove Community Centre.

August 10, 2009

Paramedics in Campbell River rock on!

CAMPBELL RIVER—Striking Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873 members, held a 24-hour sit-in this weekend at the landmark 30-foot high big rock outside of Campbell River on Hwy 19A.

Paramedics from all over North Island dropped by to stand on the rock for a few hours. They handed out hot dogs and water.

August 6, 2009

Support for paramedics doubles: union website

VANCOUVER—Ambulance Paramedics of BC – CUPE 873 report that the number of people logging onto their website has doubled in the past two weeks.

“We’ve had thousands of visitors to our site this week alone,” says Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier.

Strohmaier noted that as more people are finding out about the strike, paramedics are getting more offers of support from the general public.

“People are asking what they can do to help.

August 5, 2009

Colour Me Pink Triangle

CUPE 391 activist Peter DeGroot, a member of CUPE BC’s Committee Against Racism and Discrimination and CUPE National’s Pink Triangle Committee, spreads the multi-union message at the Pride parade in Vancouver on Sunday, August 2. The annual event, which celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the city’s downtown West End. This year’s theme was “Educate”.


July 29, 2009

Paramedics win victory in Court

VANCOUVER—The Supreme Court of BC would not permit the contempt charges the government attempted to bring against the Ambulance Paramedics of BC yesterday due to short notice, requiring the application to follow the rules of the Court.

July 28, 2009

B.C.’s ambulance paramedics in Court today

VANCOUVER—Ambulance Paramedics of BC – CUPE 873 are expected to be in the Supreme Court today to answer charges that they are in contempt of the essential services order that they continue to work under.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier says that the government is trying to deal with the longstanding labour dispute in the courts, instead of at the bargaining table.

“Government inaction has created this situation that puts people’s lives at risk,” says Strohmaier.

July 27, 2009

O’Neill calls on Premier to confirm ’09 library grants

BURNABY—On the eve of a meeting between the Minister of Education and the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA) that could determine the outcome of funding for public libraries next year, the Canadian Union of Public Employees has written to Premier Gordon Campbell and the minister requesting that the BC Liberal government maintain or increase funding levels for library operating grants.

In a letter faxed earlier today, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill cites the importance of provincial operating grants to many libraries’ ability to deliver quality services to the public.

July 27, 2009

Harvey Oberfeld speaks up about paramedic dispute

VANCOUVER—Respected television and print journalist Harvey Oberfeld has added his voice to those urging government action to bring the BC Ambulance Paramedic’s strike to an end.

Oberfeld commented that being forced to work overtime through essential services was “almost like slavery” when speaking this morning on CFUN 1410.

Oberfeld called on the government to appoint an independent mediator to bring a resolve to the dispute that is now in its 118th day.

July 27, 2009

Cultus Lake workers vote strike and seek mediation

CULTUS LAKE—CUPE 458 members are sending a strong message to the Park Board. The Cultus Lake park workers voted Thursday evening with 100% voting in favour of a strike.

“We’ve been unable to reach a settlement and are applying for mediation,” says Bryan Bickley, unit chair of CUPE 458’s Cultus Lake Park Board Local. “This is a fairness issue. These workers should be paid the going rate.”

Their contract expired December 31, 2007 and they have been working without a contract for a year a half.

July 23, 2009

CUPE BC monitoring Liberals on library funding

BURNABY—CUPE BC is keeping a close eye on the Ministry of Education amid speculation that public libraries throughout the province could see their funding slashed in the next BC Liberal budget.

Concern was raised earlier this week when Public Eye Online, a political investigative website, released a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell from Andy Ackerman, president of the BC Library Trustees Association.