CUPE takes on zero spending, tax plan in Powell River

POWELL RIVER - On the eve of entering into mediation with the City of Powell River, CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen cautioned Mayor and Council against continuing the previous council’s proposal for zero spending and tax increases to 2019.
“It always sounds like a good idea to tell people their taxes won’t be going up. But there is a high cost to a zero tax policy,” said Craigen. 
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Victoria brings new Parking Ambassadors in house

VICTORIA–The City of Victoria and CUPE Local 50 have announced that starting January 1, new Parking Ambassadors will be moved to an in-house model.
The in-house model is intended to give the City greater ability to offer a parking experience consistent with customer service objectives and stakeholder needs, while still regulating parking to ensure there is high turnover of parking spaces downtown.
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Take Action for Child Care!

BURNABY—This coming weekend, advocates, families and other child care supporters throughout B.C. will be joining stroller brigades in their communities to ensure that the issue of quality child care is visible across Canada and to call on the government to support a $10-a-Day Child Care Plan for B.C.
Child care is good for the economy, good for families, good for Canada.
We know that Canada needs quality child care that all families can afford.
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New Eastside sewage treatment consultations in the CRD

VICTORIA - Following a successful kickoff event held on April 29 at the Royal BC Museum, the Eastside Select Committee has announced three additional community dialogues. CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.
May 09, 11am-1pmSaanich, Cedar Hill Rec Centre
May 09, 3:30pm-5:30pmOak Bay, Windsor Pavilion Sports Room
May 13, 10am-12pmVictoria, Crystal Pool
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CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work tomorrow.
Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.
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Union hopeful that mediation will help achieve a settlement

POWELL RIVER - Powell River city workers have requested mediation in an effort to reach an agreement with the city and avoid service disruption.
“We know that the city is in good financial health and that other similar and neighbouring communities have reached agreements with their workers along the same terms that CUPE is seeking.  Given this, we are hopeful that mediation scheduled for May 14 and 15 will allow us to reach a fair agreement,” said Danielle Craigen, CUPE 798 president.
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