Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

November 20, 2012 09:00 ET

More BC colleges behind picket lines

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2012) - Five more BC community colleges are on strike. The job action comes after failed last minute efforts by CUPE to get the provincial government to sign off on collective agreements with BC's 3,000 CUPE college support workers.

Campus-wide CUPE strikes start at 6am this morning and include North Island College, Vancouver Island University, Camosun College, College of the Rockies and the College of New Caledonia. Initial plans call for a two-day shutdown. Vancouver Community College was completely shutdown at both its campuses in Vancouver yesterday by CUPE 4627 members.

At issue is a blockage in negotiations at the province's Public Sector Employers' Council and the ministry of advanced education. CUPE's BC Colleges Coordinator Ian McLean says, "If it wasn't for government interference in collective bargaining, we would be heading to work this morning with a reasonable contract in our pocket. Instead, we are heading for the picket line."

CUPE support workers at BC's community colleges have been without a contract since 2010. The unionized workers are looking for a no-concessions four-year deal with 2 percent wage increases in the last two years, in line with other recent public sector settlements in BC.

Contact Information

  • Ian McLean
    CUPE BC Colleges Coordinator

    Murray Bush
    CUPE National Communications Representative

    Local Contacts:
    College of the Rockies
    Pam Catsirelis
    CUPE 2773 President

    College of New Caledonia
    Lily Bachand
    CUPE 4951 President

    Camosun College
    Louise Oetting
    CUPE 2081 Chief Steward

    North Island College
    Michelle Waite
    CUPE 3479 President

    Vancouver Island University
    Deborah Hopper
    CUPE 1858 President

    Vancouver Community College
    Jo Hansen
    CUPE 4627 Chief Steward