CUPE BC donates $5,000 to Victoria’s Together Against Poverty Society

BURNABY - CUPE BC’s 56th annual convention was held in Victoria May 1-4, and featured a wide range of speakers and keynote presenters. On behalf of each speaker, CUPE BC made a donation to Victoria’s Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), for a total donation of $5,000.

CUPE signs agreement to make K-12 schools safe and inclusive for all students

VANCOUVER – The fact that all 60 public school districts have joined the BC SOGI Educator Network is another victory in the effort to make schools safe and inclusive for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI), CUPE 15 President Warren Williams said today at an event marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

What’s in a number?

CUPE BC’s membership nears six figures
To all members who attended convention in Victoria in early May, thank you for your support in electing me for another term as your president. It’s an honour to have your trust and confidence, and I pledge to do everything in my power to keep our union strong—and grow stronger each year. For a recap of convention, see pages 8-9, and photo galleries on our website and Facebook page.

A busy year for health care presidents

PACKED AGENDA—Members of CUPE’s Health Care Presidents Council meet at CUPE’s B.C. Regional Office on May 15. Standing, from left: Warren Williams (CUPE 15, HCPC chair), Lindsay Fumalle (CUPE 1978), CUPE Health Coordinator Chris Losito, Mia Nickel (CUPE 15) and Brandon Laviolette (CUPE 3495). Seated, from left:  Michael McKinley and Kaz Takeuchi (CUPE 1978) and Andrew Ledger (CUPE 1004 and CUPE BC executive liaison). Attending via Skype were Jill Stromnes and Connie Penman of CUPE 4816 and Shauna Cairney and Carla Bailey of CUPE 3403-01.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Kootenays

CUPE BC Trailer rolls into Creston for a community barbecue
CRESTON—Members of the CUPE Kootenay District Council could not have asked for better weather or a better location for their Mother’s Day weekend celebration. The temperature climbed to the high twenties as local activists from across the Kootenay region set up tables, tents, information and face painting at Creston Regional Library on May 11.

Library workers a critical force for progressive change: BCLA conference

SURREY—Library workers play an important role in preserving democracy and advocating progressive change in our communities. That was one key message arising from this year’s BC Library Conference (May 8-10), hosted by the BC Library Association with platinum sponsorship by CUPE BC.