Rowdy rally greets Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH - The mayor and council of this seaside Vancouver Island communityCUPE 401 Acting President Laurence Amy addresses the rally celebrated the British Columbia Day weekend by locking out their 75 municipal workers. More than 100 vocal CUPE Local 401 members and their supporters were on hand outside the town hall when the lockout officially took affect at 3pm Friday.
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Qualicum Beach rally for locked out workers

QUALICUM BEACH - On Friday, July 31, the eve of the British Columbia Day holiday weekend, the town of Qualicum Beach plans to lock out its 66 municipal workers for the first time ever.
Despite a long history of labour peace, the current mayor and council have refused to give their public employees the same modest two-per-cent per-year wage settlement reached in neighbouring municipalities. Wages are the only outstanding issue after mediated contract talks broke off last month. The workers have been without a contract since 2013.
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Qualicum Beach workers set to launch first-ever strike

QUALICUM BEACH - CUPE municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have served 72 -hour strike notice. The strike will begin at 10:26 am on Sunday, July 26 in the form of an overtime ban.
The move by the 46 members of CUPE Local 401 came after mediated talks with the town of Qualicum Beach broke down last month. 
CUPE Local 401 President Blaine Gurrie says “our priority is to get back to the bargaining table and reaching a fair settlement so we can focus on best serving the citizens of Qualicum Beach.  We want to minimize any impact on the public.”
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CUPE 50 welcomes new members

CUPE Local 50 welcomed 19 new members who provide support services to the RCMP detachment in the City of Langford.
VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 welcomed 19 support workers from the RCMP detachment in Langford as new members this week. During a Local meeting, CUPE 50 President John Burrows introduced the executive, offered the members background information and shared the Local’s proud history of representing workers in the Victoria region for almost 100 years.
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BC Transit and CUPE 4500 reach labour agreement

CORPORATE – BC Transit and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4500 (CUPE 4500) have ratified a new labour agreement under the Province of British Columbia’s Economic Stability Mandate.
The term of the agreement is five and one half years, to December 31, 2020. It covers 19 full-time employees based in Victoria covering three job classifications: Transit Supervisors, Lead Transit Supervisors and Transit Communications Coordinators.
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CUPE 4951 ratifies new contract at College of New Caledonia

PRINCE GEORGE–CUPE Local 4951 ratified a collective agreement with the College of New Caledonia in a vote concluded on June 29.
“I’m pleased that members voted to ratify this agreement and will have access to professional development funds,” said CUPE 4951 President Lily Bachand. “This round of bargaining highlighted the excellent work done by our bargaining committee.”
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CUPE 411 builds on community relationships at car show

Lots of kids and families visited CUPE 411’s new tent at the Chilliwack Classic Car Show.
CHILLIWACK – Despite the heat wave, CUPE 411 had lots of visitors at their tent for the Chilliwack Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 28. 
This is the second year that the local, representing K-12 education support workers in Chilliwack, participated in the popular community event. CUPE 411 President Rod Isaac said that the local has been connecting with folks ‘slowly and surely.’ 
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College sector completes bargaining

BURNABY – The ratification vote by CUPE Local 1858 (Vancouver Island University) in Nanaimo on Monday, June 29 marked the completion of bargaining for all CUPE college sector locals that are part of the CUPE Colleges Bargaining Council (CCBC). All agreements followed the provincial mandate of 5.5 per cent over five years.
CUPE college sector coordinator Ian McLean expressed concern that, by the end of this contract, wages for college support staff will have fallen below the cost of living for more than a decade.
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