Tentative agreement reached in Harrison Hot Springs

CUPE 458 and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs reached a new tentative agreement over the weekend after almost a week of strike action in the Village.

“We want to thank residents and visitors for their patience during this dispute as we know that strike action has had an impact on the community,” says CUPE 458 Acting President Darlene Worthylake. “We knew it was important to resolve this dispute as soon as possible, and today we sat down with the Village and through meaningful discussions we were able to find common ground and solve the issue around weekend scheduling.”

K-12 PBC and BCPSEA reach tentative agreement

A tentative agreement was reached between the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Council (PBC) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) late Wednesday evening on a provincial framework agreement for K-12 support staff.

“I would like to thank all the members of PBC for their hard work and perseverance,” said K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams. “Their professionalism, willingness to work together, and dedication to members in K-12 led to reaching this tentative agreement.”

Happy 100th birthday, Grace Hartman

Former CUPE National President Grace Hartman would have turned 100 this week. Check out and share this video as we remember this fierce and inspiring CUPE activist.

As a clerk-typist for the township of North York in the mid-fifties, Grace Hartman was outraged over workplace discrimination against women. It sparked an interest in unions that led to a 30-year career as a labour activist. She spent 15 of those years as National Secretary-Treasurer and then National President of Canada’s largest union.

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Ford government begins its mandate by violating workers’ rights

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging MPPs to support workers’ Charter rights and oppose Premier Ford’s plan to interfere in collective bargaining at York University.

On Tuesday, the new Conservative government released its “Top Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Sitting.” The first item on the list is to take away Charter protected rights from education workers at York University by tabling “back-to-work” legislation.

No end to hallway medicine possible with spending cuts in Ontario

North Bay’s hospital and patients will not escape the impact of cutbacks resulting from the combination of 4 per cent spending cuts, $7 billion in tax cuts and a drive for a balanced budget – all promised by Ontario’s PCs, warns the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE). Factor in restructuring and privatization, and even larger cuts loom, according to a new report, Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed, being released in North Bay on Wednesday.

CUPE 626 welcomes new members

CUPE 626, representing civic employees, welcomed Vernon, B.C. jail guards into their local last week after a vote and a Labour Board certification.

As the only municipal workers in Vernon who were not part of CUPE 626, President Kathy Giampa said that they are a great fit with their members.

Village of Harrison Hot Springs workers serve 72-hour strike notice

CUPE 458 members who work in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. are set to begin full scale job action this Monday, after issuing a 72‑hour strike notice earlier today.

“Following our members’ rejection of the last offer vote, we let the Village know that we are ready to resume negotiations whenever they are,” says CUPE 458 acting president Darlene Worthylake. “Unfortunately, the Village has refused to come back to the bargaining table and has left us no other choice but to begin strike action.”

The main outstanding issue left to be addressed is weekend scheduling.