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CUPE demands audit in wake of ‘Gold medal bonuses’

Oct 16, 2009 01:25 PM BURNABY— At a time when some local businesses have been forced to close and lay off staff because of transportation and security adjustments for the 2010 Games, VANOC’s decision to dole out $30 million in bonuses to staff following the event is an outrageous waste of money that should trigger an immediate audit of VANOC operations, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Trustees, parents join call to reverse cuts

Oct 7, 2009 05:26 PM BURNABY—CUPE BC has joined with other education partners to ask Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid to reverse budget cuts that are eroding B.C.’s public education system. In an unprecedented joint letter, from the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, the BC School Trustees’ Association, the BCTF and CUPE BC, the four organizations outline shared concerns about cutbacks to programs and grants that are being felt by students in schools across the province.

Electoral reform needs broader consultation: CUPE

Oct 6, 2009 12:17 PM BURNABY— Premier Gordon Campbell’s announcement of a new task force on electoral reform in B.C. is a good idea—but the panel of politicians he’s proposing reflects too narrow a range of interests, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Nyce time had by all at UBCM

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Oct 2, 2009 05:27 PM VANCOUVER – CUPE delegates were among those on hand today to welcome Harry Nyce as the first aboriginal president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. The 61-year-old Nisga'a activist and politician as sworn in this morning by delegates from 189 B.C. municipalities after being voted in unanimously. Nyce’s home - Gitwinksihlkw in the Nass Valley - recently became B.C.'s first aboriginal community to join the UBCM.

CUPE renews community commitment at UBCM

L–R: Municipal Committee chair Mike Jackson, CUPE BC general vice president Cindy McQueen, CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill, and CUPE BC general vice president Deb Taylor.

Oct 1, 2009 08:02 PM VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s 14 delegates at the 2009 UBCM Annual Convention are talking with community leaders to highlight the work CUPE members do. The goal is to renew CUPE’s commitment to make B.C.’s communities stronger and more sustainable.

CoDev calls for action on Honduras

EDUCATOR HIT LIST--CoDevelopment Canada program director Steve Stewart (right), attending one of many rallies held in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa and around the country since the June 28 coup. Teachers and other unionized education workers, among the strongest critics of the coup, have been specially targeted for abuse by security forces, says Stewart.

Oct 1, 2009 07:54 PM VANCOUVER—Despite international condemnation of the interim Honduran government since the June 28 coup d’état — even from the World Bank, which has cut off aid—the government of Canada continues to support the coup leaders with an engagement policy that ignores flagrant human rights abuses, says CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev).

CUPE BC president slams ambulance boss

Oct 1, 2009 04:25 PM VANCOUVER—CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill has slammed the head of the BC Ambulance Service for “fear mongering”.

Paramedics to take ‘offer’ on tour

Sep 29, 2009 09:01 PM VANCOUVER—The CUPE 873 bargaining team is taking the government’s latest “settlement offer” to members across the province. Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier announced the tour today.

CUPE welcomes new college local

Back row, from left: Rusty Watson, Tammy Barker, Lily Bachand, Carmen Martin, Marnee Boman, Lance Ordiorne; front row, from left: Michele Sinclair, Sandy Kohorst

Sep 29, 2009 07:54 PM PRINCE GEORGE—CUPE’s newest BC local is looking forward to their first visit from CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill. CUPE 4951 – representing operational staff at the College of New Caledonia in B.C.’s north central interior – promises Barry a warm welcome.

Register now for Champions for Public Education conference

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Sep 29, 2009 06:58 PM VANCOUVER - CUPE BC’s Champions for Public Education conference promises to be a stimulating experience for CUPE members in the K-12, college and university sectors.

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