CUPE 4163 UVic needs our assistance !

Sending this out at the request of a fellow University CUPE Local struggling to get a contract signed. Please give it a read and if you agree, please sign the petition which will go to the President of the University of Victoria, Jamie Cassels. In solidarity, Caroline President CUPE Local 3799 CUPE 4163 needs your help. We are the union that represents Teaching Assistants, Lab Assistants, Computer Lab Techs, Language Teachers, Cultural Assistants and Residence Life workers at UVic. A few weeks Read more [...]

CUPE BC Executive Board elects Paul Faoro President, Trevor Davies Secretary-Treasurer

“I want to thank all the members of our Executive Board for placing their confidence in me to take on this challenge,” said Faoro. “I pledge to all 85,000 members of our union that I will not let you down. “I also want to thank my good friend and brother, CUPE National President Mark Hancock, both for running our elections today, and for the leadership he has provided our union in B.C. for the past three years as our president.” “I’m looking forward to working with Paul and all the Read more [...]

Forum to target education funding cuts in the North – CUPE Locals take the lead

BURNABY–Four CUPE locals are hosting a public education forum to discuss concerns about chronic underfunding and cuts to all levels of education.  Universities, colleges and K-12 schools have endured more than a decade of funding cuts. These cuts not only threaten education services but will also make it more difficult to attract skilled professionals to live and work in rural areas and northern cities. "The B.C. government has got to do better," said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock, who will Read more [...]

CUPE responds to United Church’s Naramata Centre closure – See more at:

BURNABY—In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the United Church’s Naramata Centre will close permanently, CUPE will seek renewed discussions with Church representatives. “We have had 30 employees on strike and on a picket line at the United Church’s Naramata Centre for over eight months. This dispute has always been about fair treatment of loyal employees and we will seek fair treatment as part of any closure of operations and discussions on the future of the property,” said Tom Read more [...]

Fraser Institute gets it wrong—again

BURNABY – The release today of the Fraser Institute’s latest attack on wages and benefits for working people shows how out of touch with economic reality the right-wing organization is, says CUPE BC. “The Fraser Institute’s own research shows that the so-called ‘premium’ for public sector workers is nowhere near the magnitude they’ve been claiming for the past two years,” said CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro. “In 2013, they claimed there was a 37.5 per cent premium, and Read more [...]

All CUPE K-12 locals ratify collective agreements

BURNABY – CUPE’s 57 BC K-12 Local bargaining committees have reached and ratified collective agreements, meeting the November 30 deadline. “We’re pleased that all locals were able conclude local bargaining issues by the November 30 deadline,” says K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Marcel Marsolais.  “Locals can now focus and look forward to the gains we achieved in this round of bargaining.” Locals bargained individually with school districts to achieve local agreements that added Read more [...]

Call out to CUPE3799 members to join the teachers on the line

The provincial government has locked out teachers across the province. The teachers are not allowed to be on school grounds until 45 minutes before class, not over breaks, not over lunch and have to leave by 45 minutes after the class. Instead of bargaining in a a fair fashion the government has also docked 10% of their wages as a threat to settle on the offer that was put forward by the government. So on Thursday the Prince George District Teacher Association is conducting a full walk out. The Read more [...]

CUPE raises alarm on lack of Health Accord

BURNABY - CUPE BC is joining the Canadian Health Coalition in a March 31 Day of Action against devastating federal cuts to our health care system. The Federal-Provincial Health Accord expires on March 31 and the federal government has repeatedly refused to meet with the premiers to sign a new Accord.  Instead, the Conservatives plan to chop $36 billion from our public health care system. The March 31 Day of Action also marks the launch of CUPE`s national Health Accord Campaign. CUPE and the Read more [...]

Naramata Centre considering contracting out of CUPE Staff

CUPE BC has been a long term customer of the Naramata Centre and believed that they followed the beliefs of Unionism and how it is good not only for the worker, but for all. Now the Church that owns the Centre, through its operation society wants to contract out the various CUPE jobs. Please see the following post from CUPE BC and please show your support by making your voice heard. CUPE Employees at the Naramata Centre are facing layoffs as the Centre considers contracting out their work. Naramata Read more [...]