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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CUPE BC an “exemplary” force for social justice: Stephen Lewis

VANCOUVER - International human rights champion Stephen Lewis revved up delegates on Friday with a firebrand speech that, with his trademark orator’s flair, eviscerated the Harper Conservatives and praised CUPE BC for its progressive social activism on several fronts.
“I love the rambunctious crowd in this trade union crucible,” he began, describing the convention atmosphere. “If only most of Canada could see the intelligence and judgement and intensity when you are discussing important issues—it would be an elixir for the entire country.”
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CUPE 7000, Southern Railway reach tentative agreement

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway, have reached a tentative agreement with the U.S.-owned company, effectively ending a lockout that began on January 5.
Details of the agreement are not being released, as members will be holding a ratification vote on Monday (May 4).
During the 114-day lockout, Southern Railway managers operated the system. The two sides returned to the bargaining table on March 30.
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“Vote for the change you believe in”— Moist

VANCOUVER - At a breakfast forum this morning, CUPE National President Paul Moist made a strong case for members to get involved in the upcoming federal election and elect a New Democrat government that supports working families. Delegates were reminded of the Harper Conservative’s abysmal record on pensions, health care, child care and workers’ rights. 
“After a decade of Conservatives, middle class families are working harder and falling further behind,” said Moist.
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