K-12 support workers in Okanagan-Similkameen reach tentative agreement

OLIVER — CUPE 523, K-12 support workers at School District 53 in Okanagan-Similkameen reached a tentative agreement after five sessions of bargaining that began in early June. The tentative agreement was reached Tuesday following a 14-hour bargaining marathon.


Members in the Kootenays meet and learn

CRESTON — CUPE’s Kootenay District Council (KDC) met in Creston from September 4 to September 7 to take care of business and upgrade their skills. The KDC executive kicked things off with an all-day session where they planned education for upcoming meetings and discussed different initiatives to encourage greater involvement in the Council.


Kamloops school fire heartbreaking for community

KAMLOOPS — Parents, children, support staff and teachers are trying to come to terms with a fire that burned down Parkcrest Elementary School on Thursday night. Two custodians and a teacher were inside the school when the fire broke out in one of the oldest schools in town. Alerted by the fire alarm, they were able to escape unharmed. Students, parents and support staff watched while their school burned.


Solidarity builds community in the Tri-Cities

PORT COQUITLAM – Five CUPE locals hosted the fifth annual CUPE Gives Back family picnic in Port Coquitlam on Saturday. Families and friends enjoyed hotdogs served up from the CUPE BC events trailer as well as popcorn, cotton candy, mini donuts, treats and cool drinks. The beautiful location in Lions Park and cooperative weather added to fun for kids that included face painting, balloon artistry, and bouncy castle games, as well as the excellent playgrounds in the popular community park.

Labour Day—to know where we need to go, we must remember how we got here

While we all look forward to the Labour Day weekend, and think of it as the “final weekend of summer,” I think it’s important to take some time to remember the origins of this holiday that celebrates the contributions of working people.