Hearts out to Haiti

BURNABY —The CUPE BC executive board has unanimously passed a motion to send $15,000 to Oxfam Quebec to help Haiti. CUPE National’s donations have topped $100,000.
CUPE BC encourages every CUPE Local and every CUPE member to help out in this horrific disaster.read more

Paramedics talks to continue

VANCOUVER —The CUPE 873 bargaining team is set to meet with representatives of the BC Ambulance Service Wednesday and Thursday. Talks for a new collective agreement started last week.
Ambulance Paramedics of BC bargaining team spokesman John Horsfield said he is “cautiously optimistic” after last week’s session.read more

CUPE 7000 sheds light on “no lights” video

BURNABY—CUPE 7000 has released a short video to raise public awareness of an incident last month in  which Southern Railway managers drove a train through a crossing on a foggy night with no headlights on.
Raising the question, “Does this look safe to you?”, the 40-second video includes cell phone footage of an incident that occurred on January 13 and was subsequently covered on television  news  and shared on social media. At the end of the video, CUPE 7000 members urge viewers to contact Southern Railway.
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February is Black History Month

BURNABY—This year, Black History Month comes at a critical moment for human rights and equality in North America. The police shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents involving police violence against people of African descent in New York, Toronto and elsewhere have only heightened unrest, thrusting the issues of anti-black violence, systemic racism, and discrimination into the public spotlight.
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Darcy, Faoro to SRY workers: Keep up the good fight

NEW WESTMINSTER—Southern Railway workers are not only standing strong for their own collective agreement but are also waging a larger fight for the rights of all working people, Judy Darcy and Paul Faoro told locked out CUPE 7000 members at a picket line here on Thursday.
The New Westminster MLA and CUPE BC secretary-treasurer thanked the workers for their resilience in the face of an employer that’s so far unwilling to bargain.
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Video shows managers operating train with no lights during foggy, night-time crossing

Red flags raised about safety of Southern Railway practices during lockout, says CUPE
BURNABY—A cell phone video shot earlier this week shows a Southern Railway train operated dangerously by managers attempting to replace locked-out employees. The video shows a train rolling through a crossing on Annacis Island with no headlights or front ditchlights on, despite thick fog at the time and with one manager riding on the stairs of the leading locomotive. 
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