RICHMOND – CUPE 4227 (support staff for B.C.’s Francophone School District 93) enjoyed a rare learning opportunity at their annual training session last week. The day-long courses, facilitated by CUPE 4227 President Francine Brisson with support from the local’s National Servicing Representative, focused on representing members in front of management and the steward’s role in bargaining.
NORTH VANCOUVER – The annual CUPE 389 seniors’ tea, held this month at Silver Harbour Seniors Centre in North Vancouver, was a rollicking success.
CRANBROOK —CUPE Seeds of Change, a community action committee, continued its volunteer efforts in supporting local community at Cranbrook’s Children’s Festival held on May 12. Sunny skies brought out the crowds and the booth featuring a button-making machine kept them busy.
CUPE BC has established a special fund to support CUPE members impacted by the flooding happening in communities across the province. The Division has donated $10,000 to the account and is encouraging CUPE Locals across the province to help raise additional funds.
CUPE BC library workers attend annual BC Library Association conference
RICHMOND – Library workers from all over the province were in Richmond last week to participate in the BC Library Association’s (BCLA) annual conference. This year’s conference theme is work and culture, which “urges an examination of the connections between work environments, institutional cultures, and communities; an inquiry of how cultures can impact, clash, and complement each other and inform society as a whole.”
NANAIMO—The critical issue of how to address workload in CUPE’s community health and health science professionals sectors was prominent on the agenda at a recent meeting of the union’s Health Care Presidents Council (HCPC).
BURNABY - The K-12 Presidents Council met May 1 – 3 in Burnaby. CUPE BC President Paul Faoro and Secretary Treasurer Trevor Davies attended. Faoro brought greetings from CUPE BC and announced that the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education will, for the first time, have a category for “Outstanding Support.”
SANDSPIT—CUPE Local 2020 will have new members driving school buses in Haida Gwaii next school year, as School District 50 has decided not to renew its contract with private company First Student Canada and will instead bring student transportation in house.
BURNABY—CUPE community health members in Victoria and Metro Vancouver showed up in big numbers this week for two evening workshops aimed at tackling the growing problem of workload in their sector.