City of Vancouver outside workers open municipal bargaining with eyes on affordability

Union concerned their members can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve
VANCOUVER—This week the City of Vancouver and Local 1004 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing outside workers at the City and employees of the Vancouver Parks Board, opened collective bargaining in the first of several such negotiations taking place across the BC South Coast this fall. The union has identified affordability as a key issue in the negotiations.

CUPE 873-02, E-Comm bargaining talks go to mediation

RICHMOND—The BC Labour Relations Board has appointed mediator Trevor Sones to mediate contract talks between E-Comm Emergency Communications for British Columbia and CUPE Local 873-02 (Emergency Dispatchers of BC), which represents more than 500 emergency dispatchers, call takers and support staff in the province.

CUPE 703 K-12 support workers ratify collective agreement

MAPLE RIDGE— After arduous bargaining sessions and mediation, CUPE 703, K-12 support workers at School District 42 in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows reached a tentative agreement on September 6. Members ratified the collective agreement the next day with a large majority of members in favour.

K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Similkameen reach tentative agreement

OLIVER — CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 53 in Okanagan-Similkameen reached a tentative agreement after five sessions of bargaining that began in early June. The tentative agreement was reached Tuesday following a 14-hour bargaining marathon.

Members in the Kootenays meet and learn

CRESTON — CUPE’s Kootenay District Council (KDC) met in Creston from September 4 to September 7 to take care of business and upgrade their skills. The KDC executive kicked things off with an all-day session where they planned education for upcoming meetings and discussed different initiatives to encourage greater involvement in the Council.

Kamloops school fire heartbreaking for community

KAMLOOPS — Parents, children, support staff and teachers are trying to come to terms with a fire that burned down Parkcrest Elementary School on Thursday night. Two custodians and a teacher were inside the school when the fire broke out in one of the oldest schools in town. Alerted by the fire alarm, they were able to escape unharmed. Students, parents and support staff watched while their school burned.