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  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    From time to time, vacations are ruined because of illness, injury or medical emergency.  Our collective agreement does not deal with what happens to vacation credits when a member is sick or worse while on vacation.  There is no contractual obligation on the part of City or Parks to convert vacation to sick leave.  There is no Employer issued policy pertaining to sick while on v
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    Think of a Police Record Check report as being a dragnet on a fishing trawler:  As a dragnet catching everything in the sea. Your Employer is licensed to catch tuna. What to do about the bycatch?  Your Employer has no right to catch them.
  • Friday, August 23, 2013
    BC's Unions invite you to their 2013 Labour Day Picnic from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Trout Lake, John Hendry Park. Featuring music by Jim Byrnes with No Sinner and Bend Sinister. Free hot dogs, face painting, kids games, community and union Information booths.  Please see attachment for poster and map. Hope to see you there!  
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Flex time is commonly referred to as flexible work schedules and includes any additional shifts worked outside of your normal regularly schedules hours of work, excluding hours coded as overtime. As you are aware with the implementation of the 37.5 hour work week the previously enjoyed Flex Time agreement became extinguished.
  • Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Provincial level bargaining for CUPE education members will resume on September 4. Previous talks broke off on August 9 when it became clear that the employer was not prepared for bargaining. The new dates for bargaining in early September demonstrate that the CUPE bargaining sub-committee is willing to do whatever we can to avoid a disruption in classes this fall.
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    Despite assurances that the provincial government was prepared to bargain with CUPE education workers in August, negotiations have broken off indefinitely.“They called us back to the table. We were ready, they were not. As a result, there is a danger that classes will be disrupted this fall,” said Colin Pawson, Chair of the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council.
  • Thursday, August 8, 2013
    Response to the Health Authority’s Attack on Work-Life BalanceMany of you have been adversely impacted by the process Vancouver Coastal Health has followed in implementing the 37.5 hour work week.  Specifically, the decision the employer has made to unilaterally eliminate the extended workday, which includes the 9-day fortnight and 4-day work week schedule.  This
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013
    The 91 lab assistants and research assistants employed by Animal Care Services at the University of British Columbia have voted to join CUPE Local 116.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2013
    CUPE is eager to get back to the bargaining table to reach a fair and reasonable settlement.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013
    CUPE 389 is asking for your support on the picket line tomorrow, Friday, July 26th at the North Shore Winter Club. If you are able to, please attend and support our locked out brothers and sisters. Sixteen CUPE employees at the North Shore Winter Club have been locked out for 85 days and management continues to refuse to return to the bargaining table.
  • Monday, July 22, 2013
    The following letter, written by CUPE National President Paul Moist, is a response to an article by Russ Hiebert from the National Post published on July 17, entitled "
  • Monday, July 15, 2013
    The Emily Carr University of Art + Design Campus Redevelopment Project reached a critical milestone on July 2, 2013 with the announcement of the three proponents shortlisted following the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the new state-of-the-art campus at Great Northern Way. Eight national and international proponent teams responded to the RFQ.
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    After the first week of summer vacation for students, education workers across the province are resolved to make sure BC schools are clean, safe, and inclusive.  The 27,000 CUPE education workers have voted to strike in almost all of the 57 K-12 Locals, in 53 school districts.
  • Monday, July 8, 2013
    In order to ensure proper representation for local governments, Premier Christy Clark should instruct her caucus members who left local council or mayors’ positions to run as MLAs to resign their local government positions so they can be replaced in by-elections, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    CUPE Locals 15 and 407 and the IUOE Local 963 successfully completed their job action at the VSB Workshop this morning, June 25, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.All three locals employed at the Workshop participated in a 15 minute study session.
  • Friday, June 21, 2013
    The results are in! Sister Leanne Toderian has been elected as the President for a two year term ending May 27, 2015. She was sworn in at the General Membership Meeting on June 26, 2013. Congratulations Leanne. Thank you to all the candidates and members who participated in this election.
  • Friday, June 14, 2013
    As reported in the most recent K-12 Bargaining Bulletin, more than 70 percent of the 27,000 CUPE K-12 workers in BC are now under a strike mandate. Thirty-eight of CUPE's K-12 locals in BC have held successful strike votes with 10 more in the offing. Virtually all of the fifty-seven locals are expected to have completed their strike votes by the end of this month.
  • Friday, May 31, 2013
    CUPE 15 is proud to have our past president Paul Faoro ensconced at CUPE British Columbia as Secretary Treasurer where he will continue to represent our interests. Congratulations Paul! Find Paul at
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    More investment in local labour key to safer, more efficient service, stakeholder forum told
  • Friday, May 24, 2013
    CUPE local presidents, representing  27,000 K-12 workers across BC, met on May 23rd to discuss bargaining and possible strike action. Following the breakdown of contract talks at the provincial bargaining table, more than half the 57 CUPE K-12 locals in BC have now taken local strike votes with the rest expected to be completed by the end of June.