FORT ST. JAMES - Municipal workers for the District of Fort St. James have unanimously ratified their first collective agreement. After nearly nine months of negotiations, members of CUPE 4951-02 have achieved a huge step forward in job security and fairness in the workplace.
BURNABY – Sunday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings are not possible this year, but here are some ways CUPE members can observe this important occasion. CUPE BC’s Indigenous Workers Committee encourages all CUPE members and their families to learn more about this important day.
BURNABY—In recognition of June 20th as the International Day in Support of Political Prisoners in Iran, CUPE BC is joining the campaign Free Them Now (FTN) for a day of action that will call on labour and human rights organizations around the world to support the movement to free all jailed workers and political prisoners in Iran.
TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY—CUPE 403 is welcoming 147 new members following a successful Labour Board vote today. The recreation and cultural workers voted overwhelmingly to join CUPE in a mail-in ballot.
On behalf of our more than 100,000 members in British Columbia, and our entire provincial Executive Board, CUPE BC stands in support of this strong statement from our national union. Hatred and intolerance should never be acceptable and we must all do our part to fight for a world in which all people are free and equal. That means calling out and confronting racism, discrimination and hatred wherever we encounter it.
CAMPBELL RIVER—CUPE 723, representing K-12 support staff in Campbell River, recently donated $5,000 to their local food bank. Local President Andrea Craddock said that members felt “incredibly fortunate” to be working while many people faced layoffs or business closures.
BURNABY—CUPE child care workers continue to provide outstanding service during the pandemic period, from looking after the children of front-line workers to singing songs and reading books online to kids staying home during social distancing. For these and other reasons, CUPE BC salutes our members for their contributions as Child Care Month wraps up this week.
BURNABY—May 24-30 marks Paramedic Services Week, an annual recognition of paramedics across Canada. This year’s theme is Pandemic: Paramedics on the Front Line—a timely tribute to the work of first responders who, during an average year in B.C., respond to approximately half a million calls to 9-1-1 that require ambulance dispatch.
SALMON ARM - Municipal workers from Salmon Arm, Enderby, Sicamous and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District are donating $5000 to local charities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. CUPE 1908, representing over 180 workers in the Shuswap region, are making the donations to help the most vulnerable in their communities during the public health crisis.