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.
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.
MISSION — CUPE 593, K-12 support workers at School District 75 in Mission reached a tentative agreement on August 28 following 14 sessions of bargaining that began in April.
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.
VICTORIA – CUPE 4163-3 is shining a light on the University of Victoria’s poor treatment of sessional lecturers — and the impacts on both students and educators — with a public campaign on Victoria’s buses beginning this week.
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.
GOLD TRAIL — CUPE 173, K-12 support workers at School District 74 in the northern Fraser Canyon reached a tentative agreement on August 28 following five sessions of bargaining that began in July.
SAANICH — CUPE 441 members who work in K-12 have taken a strike vote in support of their bargaining committee. Voting was held on nine occasions at two locations during the month of August, concluding on August 27. A large number of members voted with an overwhelming majority voting to take job action if necessary.
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.
COURTENAY – Workers at the Hornby Island Recycling Depot have become members of CUPE 556 when they voted to join CUPE in a Labour Board certification. CUPE 556 warmly welcomes the eight workers at HIRRA (Hornby Island Residents and Ratepayers Association).