Locked out Southern Rail workers picket CP Rail

PORT COQUITLAM - Locked out CUPE 7000 Southern Rail (SRY) workers formed a new picket line this morning outside Canadian Pacific’s rail yard in Port Coquitlam.  The workers were protesting CP Rail performing their work during a labour dispute.
The 126 rail yard SRY employees have been locked out of their jobs on January 5. Since then, Southern Rail managers have been running the trains, but CP Rail has been helping them with line switching inside SRY’s Trapp Yard in New Westminster.
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CUPE Metro celebrates 2015 International Women's Day with North Shore community

Women from CUPE Metro hosted the 2015 International Women's Day lunch in North Vancouver. The event is held in different communities each year.
NORTH VANCOUVER - First Nations elder Audrey Rivers-Tiyaltelote welcomed everyone to the International Women's Day event on Squamish territory at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre on Friday, March 6.
She opened by honouring the three generations of the past, present and future. The Squamish elder spoke about the hundreds of missing and murdered women in B.C.

Paramedics launch Imagine campaign

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s 4,000 ambulance paramedics and emergency dispatchers are launching a major province-wide public awareness campaign today.
Imagine a World Without Paramedics is a multimedia campaign focused on the critical services paramedics provide throughout the province, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The TV, print and radio campaign will run for the next eight weeks in communities across B.C. The ads and commercials can be previewed at www.worldwithoutparamedics.ca

Ghosts of Hogan’s Alley to come alive with Black History Month event

VANCOUVER—Deep in the heart of the city’s downtown core, decades before the Georgia viaduct was built, there once was a thriving Black neighbourhood known as Hogan’s Alley. The ghosts of that community will be dancing once again on Saturday morning and early afternoon (February 21), thanks to a Black History Month (BHM) event sponsored by CUPE BC.read more at CUPE BC

Medicare will be a top priority for federal voters: CUPE, Council of Canadians report

OTTAWA—Public health care is a priority worth fighting for—and possibly the top priority for Canadians in the upcoming federal election, concludes a report released this week by CUPE and the Council of Canadians.
The report on the joint Health Accord Campaign is the result of a 15-month consultation in 15 communities, most of them targeted ridings narrowly won by the Conservatives in 2011. The campaign featured thousands of conversations in which Canadians shared their thoughts on how to protect, strengthen and expand the country’s most cherished social program, Medicare.

CUPE responds to United Church’s Naramata Centre closure

BURNABY—In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the United Church’s Naramata Centre will close permanently, CUPE will seek renewed discussions with Church representatives.
“We have had 30 employees on strike and on a picket line at the United Church’s Naramata Centre for over eight months. This dispute has always been about fair treatment of loyal employees and we will seek fair treatment as part of any closure of operations and discussions on the future of the property,” said Tom O’Leary, CUPE National Servicing Representative.

Public rally calls on Southern Railway to end lockout

NEW WESTMINSTER—Speakers at a public rally held on Saturday (February 14) in support of CUPE 7000 members called on Southern Railway to end the six-week lock-out—a dispute which, apart from hurting the workers most affected, has cost the company millions of dollars, caused numerous problems for its customers, and highlighted ongoing concerns about safety.
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