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 [...]

October 4th Job Action – what’s next? Overtime ban . . . .

The job action at UNBC on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 was amazing – beautiful weather, cheerful faces and much chatter while walking the line together – very upbeat! Speaking for the Executive, I want to thank each member for their commitment to this job action. Job well done! We had several non-UNBC employees or CUPE members that supported and joined us on the line as well – The City of Prince George, CUPE Local 1048 came up, BCGEU was represented as well as HEU and COPE. The Faculty Association Read more [...]

CUPE 116 sees red at UBC

CUPE universities job action continues this week with overtime bans and picket lines at UBC. CUPE 116 at the University of British Columbia set up picket lines early Tuesday morning shutting down the General Services Administration Building (GSAB) and Mary Bollert Hall. The GSAB is home to UBC's financial services, parking and access control services, supply management, information technology and human resources.  CUPE 116 members were joined by sisters and brothers from CUPE 2950 who joined the Read more [...]

Faculty, staff and students say, “Ministry proposals harmful to quality of post-secondary education and won’t improve access”

Proposals put forward in a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities discussion paper will damage the quality of post-secondary education and increase government interference in higher education in Ontario, according to faculty, staff and students. Today, provincial faculty, staff and students’ unions and associations released their responses to the discussion paper, Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge. “This government is not interested in a genuine 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 [...]

Your support of us, is ultimately support for you.

The local is in a legal strike position and our members will be striking at the entrance to UNBC on Thursday, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. It is expected that all CUPE members, who are not part of the Essential Services Order or the Good Will Agreement will be present at the entrance to UNBC. The members at the hospital, should leave the hospital and advised to join up at the entrance to UNBC. The members in the regions should leave the campus. To the students of UNBC: Why we would like your support ? CUPE Read more [...]

Job action looms at BC universities

VANCOUVER—Four more CUPE university locals have served 72-hour strike notice. Once in place, CUPE members at five universities in BC will be in a legal position to strike. Canadian Union of Public Employees locals at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern BC, Thompson Rivers University and the University of British Columbia served notice today at the BC Labour Relations Board. The support and teaching assistant workers have been without a new contract since 2010. The main issues Read more [...]