CUPE 3799 Well represented on CUPE BC Committees

Every two years CUPE BC names various members to CUPE BC Committees. Our local has been fortunate to have several members named. CUPE BC covers all associated costs for sending the people to meetings, hotels and release time. The people who assigned and which committee they represent are :

Caroline Sewell = University President

Dale Laluk = Skilled Trades

Michelle Stephen = Pink Triangle

Workers of Color = Joyce Henley

CUPE 3799 Preparing for a Successful Strike Training

In preparation for a potential requirement to support the Faculty Association there will be strike line training on Saturday October 19th at the Prince George Area Office of CUPE. 1505 Victoria St. Prince George, BC. Class will start at 9:00 am.  This workshop covers the four pillars of a well run strike: administration, finance/strike pay, communications and picket schedules. We will also go over the legalities of a picket line and what can and can't be done. If you wish to be more involved Read more [...]

Potential UNBC FA Strike planning

Caroline is in touch with the Faculty Association over their potential strike. At this time there is not much that can be confirmed until they announce their actions. There are many what if scenarios going through people's minds at present and Caroline will be sending out an email to the membership early in the week once details either can be confirmed or a known direction has been selected. Discussions are also underway with UNBC for how to proceed. In many ways, CUPE has to follow what the Read more [...]

Wear orange on Sept. 30 to honour residential school survivors

CUPE members are encouraged to honour the survivors of the residential school system by wearing orange shirts on September 30. Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as “Orange Shirt Day”, inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad. As a young girl, Phyllis was gifted a new orange shirt by her grandmother before she was taken to a B.C. residential school. The shirt was confiscated and destroyed by her teacher on the first day of classes. The story Read more [...]

CUPE 3799 attended the 56th Annual CUPE Convention

The 56th Annual CUPE Convention was held in Victoria BC May 1st to May 4th. A full convention report will be provided at the next general membership meeting but the highlights would be a visit from the Premier of the Province, CUPE President and Secretary Treasurer reports and Ivan Coyote who will be coming to UNBC as a writer in residence. We had elections for all of the CUPE BC Executive board and the Northern RVP and alternate.   Read more [...]

Post-Secondary Workplace Sexual Violence and Harassment Survey

Dear brothers, sisters, and friends, In the past few years, CUPE members have consistently identified sexual violence and harassment as one of the most important issues facing our members in the post-secondary sector. In 2017, CUPE members passed a resolution at convention calling for a toolkit on the topic of sexual violence at work. In late 2018, CUPE released the Stop Workplace Sexual Violence guide for CUPE locals. Five provinces have now adopted legislation requiring post-secondary Read more [...]

Myth buster: The corporatization of post-secondary education

As public funding has fallen, universities and colleges have increasingly turned to private funding to fill in the gap. But many donations and corporate contracts come with strings attached and can end up compromising academic freedom, re-directing the priorities of post-secondary institutions away from the public interest, and eroding public faith in the quality of research and teaching. Don’t fall for these common excuses as to why private funding of post-secondary education isn’t a matter Read more [...]