Library workers – natural champions of democracy!

Below is an article that contains an update from the CUPE BC library committee at BCLA, plus it mentions our very own Fatima Ferreira and Delia Felipescu!

“…this year the committee decided to focus their conference session around library workers as natural champions of democracy – exploring how library workers are inherent champions for democracy, equity, diversity, access to information and literacy.”

Read the article here!

Donations to CUPE locals on strike

As announce at the May 14th union meeting, the executive decided to sent $200 each to two locals who are on strike.  Below is a little bit of info on each local:

CUPE Local 3903

Three thousand members of CUPE Local 3903 at York University have been on strike for two months with no end in sight.

Following six months of bargaining, the employer has refused to remove concessions from its offer. The university administration also refused to address the key issues that have led to the strike: job security for contract faculty, the stability and predictability of funding for teaching and graduate assistants, the loss of more than 800 graduate assistant positions, and support for survivors of sexual violence. These contract and precarious members perform over 60% of the teaching occurring at York University.


CUPE Local 5317

Members of CUPE Local 5317 (Viterra – Port of Montréal), approximately 51 members in total, have been locked out by their employer for two months with no end in sight. These members are trying to achieve a first collective agreement, but the employer is closing the door on all the local’s issues.

These members are fighting to achieve equity regarding salaries and schedules with the other CUPE members at Port of Montréal.

All attempts to negotiate these issues have been dismissed by the employer.

VIDC & CUPE BC education opportunities

First of all, sorry for the very short notice.  Tonight at our general union meeting we voted to send up to 4 members total to two education opportunities as follows:

VIDC Leadership Conference June 6-9 in Nanaimo

CUPE BC school May 27-June 1 in Kamloops

If you would like to attend either of these education opportunities please send in your choice via contact form or reply to the email you received no later than 10pm Wednesday May 16th AFTER you have been approved for union leave by your supervisor.  The executive would like to give preference to young workers (under 30) and precarious women workers so please apply if that is you!

If you are selected to attend we will send you the appropriate forms and instructions on Thursday morning.


CUPE BC – 2018_Spring_School_Brochure