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July 22, 2009

“Third Rail” to focus on paramedics tonight

BURNABY—Erica Sigurdson’s “Third Rail” program on Chum TV will focus tonight on striking ambulance paramedics, members of CUPE 873.

“Third Rail” is a tongue-in-cheek look at contemporary issues aimed at increasing public awareness.

Tonight’s broadcast will air on the CityNews List at 6:30pm and 11 pm on Channel 13.

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July 22, 2009

Fireworks shine light on understaffing problem

VANCOUVER–CUPE 873, Ambulance Paramedics of BC, are raising concerns about public safety for tonight’s opening event for the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks festival.

“We’re concerned that people are at risk,” says CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier.

July 21, 2009

Paramedics keep their T-shirts on

VANCOUVER–Striking ambulance paramedics will be donning T-shirts to remind the government that they are still on strike.

“The government has got to stop ignoring this critical situation,” says CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier.

July 21, 2009

Library service cuts 'will hurt kids, seniors most'

TRAIL— The Trail and District Public Library Board’s plan to slash library hours by 50 per cent and cut staffing by 77 per cent to offset budget shortfalls will have an immediate negative impact on the Trail community, says the union representing Trail Library workers.

“Telling library patrons that Mondays and weekends are gone, and that they can only use their library on one evening per week, is pretty devastating for a small community,” says Jean Poole, president of Local 2087 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Effective August 1, the cuts are expected to impact se

July 6, 2009

Democracy threatened in Honduras Codev calls for international solidarity actions

A demonstration will be held in the Lower Mainland today to protest against the coup d’état in Honduras.

June 29, 2009

North Vancouver library workers ratify first agreement

NORTH VANCOUVER— The 115 members of CUPE 389 who work at the North Vancouver District Public Library have voted to accept their first collective agreement.

The ratification vote, held yesterday afternoon, passed with 93 per cent support.

“We’re very pleased to be able to conclude this first agreement,” said CUPE 389 president Cindy McQueen.

June 26, 2009

Port Moody celebrates public services

PORT MOODY—When the solid waste and recycling trucks roll out of Port Moody’s public works yard on Monday morning, CUPE members will be behind the wheel. The service was brought back in-house after being contracted out over ten years ago. Today the local celebrated with a pancake breakfast.

June 22, 2009

Making connections for performers with disabilities

“Lights, Camera, Access” is a non-profit charitable organization whose primary mission is to connect persons with disabilities who are artists or performers to employment opportunities in Canada’s entertainment and media industries, as well as to create greater public awareness.

June 8, 2009

First agreement reached for North Van District library workers

NORTH VANCOUVER DISTRICT—After a year of bargaining, approximately 135 library workers who are members of CUPE 389 have reached a settlement with the North Vancouver District Library on a first collective agreement.

Negotiations for the contract, which will cover library workers at three branches throughout the district, began on June 20 last year and ended on June 5 (Friday).

April 6, 2009

Colombia liquidates Cali unions

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill is asking CUPE members throughout the province to send e-mails to Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez after riot police and soldiers evicted city workers in Cali, Colombia and liquidated their union last week.

The Colombian government has been trying to privatize municipal sanitation and utility services for years.

Send e-mail to Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez