Arbitrator rules in favour of faculty at Northwest Community College

TERRACE - “We knew going into this arbitration that the employer was ignoring the collective agreement,” said Cindy Oliver, President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), one of two unions representing the faculty at Northwest Community College. “Unfortunately, the administration at Northwest decided to follow an expensive and time-consuming litigation that has undermined labour relations at the college,” said Kevin Rose, National Representative for the Canadian Union Read more [...]

CUPE City workers issue strike notice

PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George municipal workers have issued 72-hour strike notice and are gearing up for job action according to CUPE 399 and 1048 presidents Gary Campbell and Janet Bigelow. “After months of negotiations the City is still refusing to adjust their mandate. This is our last option,” said CUPE 399 president Gary Campbell. “Throughout this process the City has continuously disrespected front line workers while still being able to find funding for numerous new projects and for Read more [...]

Disability rights: New fact sheet explains full scope of the duty to accommodate

Employers are required by law to accommodate workers with disabilities. But how far do they have to go? Pretty damn far. CUPE’s latest disability rights fact sheet, The duty to accommodate: How far does an employer have to go? spells out many of the ways workers can be accommodated, from modifying the work environment, to retraining and more. Workers often aren’t aware of the accommodations available to them. Even union members don’t always realize what they can access in the workplace. Find Read more [...]

City of Prince George pushing for strike: CUPE

PRINCE GEORGE – After nearly a year of contract negotiations there is still no collective agreement in place for city workers and CUPE 399 president Gary Campbell says it looks like the City is now trying to push CUPE members into a strike. “The City of Prince George seems to have waged a public war on their own employees, the very people who provide front line services and make Prince George an attractive place to live, work and visit—and invest,” said Campbell. “It started with the hugely Read more [...]

BC Government obliged to fund agreement with education workers – CUPE

BURNABY- CUPE Locals have begun reaching settlements with BC school boards. CUPE Local 476 in Powell River and Local 1260 in Langley concluded bargaining late last week. In the coming weeks of bargaining, CUPE Locals hope to work with school boards to ensure services for all BC students are not adversely affected, and stand together with trustees in calling on the provincial government to invest in public education. “This is the deal the BC Government negotiated, and so they are required to fund Read more [...]

CUPE BC Colleges & Universities Committee members in solidarity with CUPE 1393

CUPE BC Colleges & Universities Committee members in solidarity with CUPE 1393 University of Windsor ... Front Row L-R ... Lois Rugg, Lindsay Petley-Ragan, John Horsfield, Lynn Reinarz, Michelle Waite, Laurie Whyte, Emma Somers ... Back Row L-R ... Andris Aplocins, Lily Bachand (mostly hidden), Paul Allison, Ian McLean, Greg Melnechuck, Caroline Sewell, Doug Sprenger — Read more [...]

Tentative deal reached for CUPE’s public school education workers

RICHMOND, BC— The Canadian Union of Public Employees has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Sub-Committee and will be recommended to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement. Each CUPE union local will then take this provincial agreement to their respective tables with school districts to conclude collective bargaining. “Over Read more [...]

Upcoming bargaining dates crucial to BC schools staying open – CUPE BC

BURNABY – Bargaining dates set for next week between CUPE’s K-12 bargaining committee and the provincial government are crucial to achieving a fair and reasonable contract settlement, but if the BC Liberal government doesn’t drop its demands for contract concessions, CUPE members will have no choice but to stage a full-scale province-wide strike, CUPE BC President Mark Hancock said today. “Our members have been patient, and our negotiators have been patient,” said Hancock. “And no Read more [...]

Prince George civic locals deliver strong strike mandate

PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George’s two CUPE Locals have delivered a strong strike mandate – 93 percent – putting the onus back on City management to return to the negotiating table. The strike vote, taken Thursday - Friday last week, follows the rejection by CUPE members of the City’s so-called “final offer,” tabled on August 30. “We’ve been in bargaining all year, and all we’ve seen from the City is demands for concessions, and that’s not real bargaining. There has to Read more [...]

B.C. government bargaining delays threaten to disrupt classes in the fall

BURNABY — Despite assurances that the provincial government was prepared to bargain with Canadian Union of Public Employees (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. “Our committee set aside nearly two weeks to bargain, and we came to the table with Read more [...]