CUPE K-12: Caring for BC students and public schools


Lower Mainland K-12 workers launch day of strike action

Jun 25, 2013 09:46 AM

BURNABY – More than 100 members of CUPE 379 launched a day of strike actions today with a study session at their maintenance yard. They are being joined by CUPE K-12 colleagues in Vancouver, New West, Richmond, Delta and Surrey. All are activating their strike mandates, voted on after the breakdown of talks with local school boards. Talks at the provincial bargaining table broke down in April with virtually no progress made towards a new contract. 

Education minister ‘looking for agreement with CUPE’

Jun 13, 2013 02:05 PM

BURNABY – Despite the breakdown of talks, new BC Education Minister Peter Fassbender told the Vancouver Sun newspaper yesterday, “it’s early days for me to try to comment on the current state of negotiations. What I think we need to do is let the process continue to proceed as it has. I’m not going to get into a debate about those negotiations at this stage. But I do know that we’re looking for an agreement with CUPE as well, and the negotiators are working very hard to get there.” 

School support staff layoffs ‘devastating’

Jun 3, 2013 09:55 AM

NEW WESTMINSTER - Education workers and students are paying the price for ballooning deficits in Coquitlam and New Westminster. The districts have announced layoffs of CUPE support staff that the union says will severely affect the quality and even safety of education and services.

K-12 CUPE presidents talk the walk

May 24, 2013 10:44 AM

VANCOUVER - CUPE local presidents representing  27,000 K-12 workers across BC met yesterday to discuss bargaining and possible strike action.

‘Zero’ progress stalls K-12 talks

Apr 25, 2013 10:03 AM


VANCOUVER – Provincial K-12 bargaining talks have broken down.  Your bargaining committee reports reaching impasse with the BC Public School Employers’ Association. 

CUPE welcomes K-12/childcare support plan

Apr 19, 2013 01:39 PM

BURNABY – CUPE BC has welcomed an announcement by NDP leader Adrian Dix promising a $100-million injection of funds for K-12 support staff and teachers “to improve classroom learning conditions.”  CUPE BC president Mark Hancock called it “a good start towards addressing the chronic underfunding in K-12.”

Province pockets $15.6m from cash-strapped K-12

Apr 8, 2013 03:28 PM

VICTORIA – The BC Ministry of Education website brags it’s “maintaining” K-12 funding for school operating grants, but fails to mention what it’s doing with $15.6 million earmarked for school boards.

Bargaining Committee backs province-wide strike vote

Apr 4, 2013 12:42 PM

April 4, 2013

The Provincial K-12 Bargaining Committee has unanimously endorsed a province-wide, local-by-local strike vote for CUPE education workers.  The move came out of a Wednesday conference call to discuss the lack of progress at the negotiating table.

President pledges CUPE support for public education

Mar 18, 2013 02:24 PM

VANCOUVER – CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill decried government attempts to privatize public education in a speech to 700 BC Teachers’ Federation delegates today. 

Presidents call for province-wide strike vote

Feb 13, 2013 01:10 PM


RICHMOND – The Presidents’ Council met Tuesday to discuss this provincial government’s latest attack on K-12 education workers. 

Presidents’ Council asks for meeting with gov’t

Feb 6, 2013 09:46 AM

BURNABY – K-12 Presidents’ Council chair Colin Pawson has written to BC Minister of Education Don McRae asking for a meeting to discuss underfunding and concerns that the government is interfering in the collective bargaining process. 

Boards blast Minister over ‘savings plan’ demand

Jan 18, 2013 11:43 AM

The well is dry. We know it, the parents know it, the teachers know it and the boards of education across the province know it. More importantly, the provincial government responsible for adequately funding the public education system should know it.  Sadly, that did not stop them from trying to go to the well one more time. 

Provincial Contract Talks Tabled

Nov 23, 2012 10:53 AM

Provincial K-12 contract talks have been put over until January. After seven days at the bargaining table in Vancouver, CUPE's K-12 provincial table adjourned to give the employer and the Ministry of Education an opportunity to properly prepare for support staff bargaining. 

Provincial Bargaining well underway

Nov 9, 2012 01:06 PM

The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Bargaining Subcommittee has completed its first week of provincial bargaining. The Subcommittee met for five consecutive days with the BC Public School Employers’ Association in downtown Vancouver.

Provincial table set for Nov. 5-9

Oct 25, 2012 03:46 PM

Bargaining is slated to start for CUPE’s 26,000 education support workers in B.C. public schools. Talks at the provincial table have been scheduled for Nov. 5-9 with additional tentative dates later in November and December. Local bargaining committees are also gearing up in 57 CUPE K-12 locals across the province. 

UBCM Votes for Democracy in Cowichan School District

Oct 1, 2012 09:10 AM


VICTORIA—The Union of BC Municipalities has voted for a democratic by-election in the Cowichan Valley.  UBCM delegates passed a resolution late Friday calling for a vote to be held to elect school trustees in the district. 

Democracy suspended in School District 79

Sep 21, 2012 10:02 AM


DUNCAN—While Cowichan Valley kids are back at school, their democratically-elected school trustees aren’t.  District 79 is still being overseen by an appointed trustee after the province tossed the board out for submitting a needs-based budget in May. 

CUPE Supports Cowichan School Board’s Stand

Jul 4, 2012 11:50 AM



COWICHAN— CUPE’s K-12 local in the Cowichan Valley has come out in strong support of fired School District 79 school trustees. The democratically-elected SD 79 Board was fired on Canada Day for submitting a needs-based budget instead of the province’s demand for a “balanced” budget.

CUPE K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee Meets

Jun 21, 2012 10:30 AM


RICHMOND—The CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Provincial Bargaining Committee held its first meeting Wednesday in Richmond.  Regional representatives from across the province met to start the process of mapping out 2012 bargaining priorities and strategy.

K-12 sector serves notice to bargain

Jun 18, 2012 01:21 PM

BURNABY – The CUPE K-12 Presidents’ Council has officially given notice to bargain. CUPE BC K-12 co-ordinator Bill Pegler notified the BC Public School Employers Association on behalf of member locals across BC. Individual CUPE locals also gave notice to bargain. The K-12 sector bargains at two levels – a provincial table and at the CUPE Local level.  Talks are expected to get underway in the Fall. 

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