Take Action for Child Care!

BURNABY—This coming weekend, advocates, families and other child care supporters throughout B.C. will be joining stroller brigades in their communities to ensure that the issue of quality child care is visible across Canada and to call on the government to support a $10-a-Day Child Care Plan for B.C.
Child care is good for the economy, good for families, good for Canada.
We know that Canada needs quality child care that all families can afford.
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New Eastside sewage treatment consultations in the CRD

VICTORIA - Following a successful kickoff event held on April 29 at the Royal BC Museum, the Eastside Select Committee has announced three additional community dialogues. CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.
May 09, 11am-1pmSaanich, Cedar Hill Rec Centre
May 09, 3:30pm-5:30pmOak Bay, Windsor Pavilion Sports Room
May 13, 10am-12pmVictoria, Crystal Pool
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CUPE 7000 members ratify agreement with Southern Railway

BURNABY—CUPE 7000, representing 126 employees of Southern Railway (SRY), this afternoon ratified a tentative agreement reached late last week with the U.S.-owned company. They will begin returning to work tomorrow.
Key elements of the seven-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2014, include preservation of post-retiree benefits, improvements to dental benefits, improvements to training and working conditions, and annual wage increases of 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent, respectively.
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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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