Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 24, 2013 18:55 ET

K-12 workers across Lower Mainland set for strike action

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2013) - CUPE members in several communities across the Lower Mainland will be activating their strike mandates tomorrow (Tuesday, June 25) with actions designed not to disrupt students. The move comes in the wake of strike votes taken following the breakdown of talks with BC's 27,000 CUPE K-12 education workers at the provincial level in April. Talks at the local school board level have fared no better. The school boards have been denied a mandate to settle by their funder - the BC government.

Virtually all 57 CUPE K-12 locals have now taken strike votes and are organizing for potential major job action in the fall. CUPE represents education assistants, clerical staff, trades, custodians, aboriginal support workers, bus drivers and dozens of other job classifications. The average wage for a CUPE K-12 worker is $24,000/year.

For more on Tuesday's actions contact:

Vancouver CUPE Locals 15 and 407 SD#39
Study Session at workshop
11:45 - 12 Noon at 1549 Clark Dr., Vancouver
Contact: CUPE BC K-12 Coordinator Bill Pegler 778-840-4948 or
CUPE National Representative Susan Zander 604-838-5538
New Westminster CUPE local 409 SD#40
Various actions throughout the day at various district schools
Contact: CUPE 409 President Marcel Marsolais 604-833-1905
Burnaby CUPE Local 379 SD#41
Study session/leaflet line outside maintenance service centre
7:30am - 8:00am at 3350 Norland Ave., Burnaby
Contact: CUPE 379 President Paul Simpson 604-761-1942
Richmond CUPE Local 716 SD#38
Info leafleting around School District Administration Building
7am - 6pm at 7811 Granville St.
Best Time: Noon hour
Contact: CUPE 716 President June Kaiser 604-312-2876 or
Vice President Ross McLuskie 604-970-1821
Surrey CUPE Local 728 SD#36
Information session at maintenance yard
2:45 - 3:15pm at #6700 - 144 St., Surrey
Contact: CUPE 728 President Janice Meehan 604-454-4993 or
Vice President Brian Ellis 604-813-2842
Delta CUPE Local 1091 SD#37
Overtime ban
Contact: CUPE 1091 Vice President Ian Reade 604-290-7375

Contact Information

  • Murray Bush
    CUPE National Communications Representative