A Critical Look at Core Service Reviews: The Toronto Experience

More than 100 people gathered in a lecture hall at the College of New Caledonia Tuesday evening to hear about Toronto’s core service review experience. CUPE 399 and 1048 along with the Stand Up for the North Committee and the CNC Faculty Association sponsored the event "A Critical Look at Core Service Reviews: The Toronto Experience" with the goal of learning from another community’s core service review. Community organizer Sean Meagher was the guest speaker and told the audience about Toronto’s Read more [...]

Hitting the bricks at SFU

About 150 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees set up picket lines on Thursday at the Burnaby Mountain campus of Simon Fraser University. The move comes after escalating job action since early September failed to make any headway with the employer. "We don't want to have to escalate (job action) and inconvenience students . but we're certainly prepared to escalate matters if we don't soon see some movement," said John Bannister, business agent for local 3338. "Right now, we're not Read more [...]

CUPE university workers walk the walk

CUPE university support workers across BC had a clear message for their employers today - let's make a deal.  The 12,000 workers took job action after more than two years of contract talks without any settlements. Workers at BC's five largest universities walked off the job today in actions ranging from overtime bans to rallies, marches, picket lines and a full fledged shutdown at UNBC in Prince George. Job actions started after CUPE locals at the University of Northern BC, Simon Fraser, UBC and Read more [...]

Job action continues as CUPE readies to celebrate 50 years at UVic

VICTORIA - Job action and picket lines will be up around UVic until Tuesday, Sept. 18, when CUPE locals 917, 951 and 4163 return to the bargaining table. The move by the university to get back for three days of talks comes after a week of escalating job actions by 917 and 951. Wrapping up the current job action is a major concert on campus Monday night. See details below: Monday, Sept. 17 – Free Concert - Doors 7:30, Show from 8-10pm at Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria. Tickets are Read more [...]

Ten Percent Shift launches major study of BC’s retail economy

VANCOUVER—Building on the success of its campaign to encourage individual British Columbians to support their local economies, the Ten Percent Shift has retained Civic Economics, an economic analysis and strategic planning consultancy, to conduct a study of the BC retail economy to determine the potential benefits of a ten percent shift in consumer spending to local independent businesses. Civic Economics, one of the preeminent progressive economic consultancies in North America, conducted a study Read more [...]