Union wage deals

Public Service Alliance of Canada members (left to right) Scott Bhyre, Doug, Noelle Taylor and Magdalena Stepien walk a picket line in the Canada Education Park on Friday, April 21, 2023. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Federal PSAC public service union workers hit the picket line in Chilliwack

The Public Service Alliance of Canada has fair wages atop its list of demands as job action begins

 

Fraser Valley-based First Transit transit workers voted 98 per cent in favour of job action following a strike vote on Dec. 19, 2022. They’ve now been on strike for over a month. (File photo)

Transit employer says mediation an option to end month-long strike in Fraser Valley

Labour minister said earlier this week that neither party had indicated the need for mediation

 

Hundreds of union workers represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada were walking the picket line in Abbotsford on April 19. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Hundreds show up for first shift on public service picket line in Abbotsford

Workers plan to picket outside Matsqui Institution until a deal is brokered

 

More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have now been on the picket lines for a month. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)

Labour minister says neither party in Fraser Valley transit dispute ready for mediation

Bus system has been idle since March 20 after negotiations broke down between CUPE and First Transit

More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have now been on the picket lines for a month. (Jenna Hauck/Black Press Media)
More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have been on the picket lines for more than three weeks since the full withdrawal of transit services in the Fraser Valley. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Lunchtime rally in Chilliwack saw striking transit drivers ‘demand to be treated fairly’

‘We’re here now on strike because this job is no longer sustainable,’ says Chilliwack driver at rally

  • Apr 12, 2023
More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have been on the picket lines for more than three weeks since the full withdrawal of transit services in the Fraser Valley. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Transit drivers with CUPE Local 561 on strike on the picket line on Yale Road West in Chilliwack on April 5, 2023. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Striking Fraser Valley bus drivers plan rally at Five Corners in Chilliwack

Union denies First Transit civil suit claim that workers committed ‘unlawful acts’ on picket lines

Transit drivers with CUPE Local 561 on strike on the picket line on Yale Road West in Chilliwack on April 5, 2023. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
CUPE 561 transit workers stand at the picket line in the ongoing transit strike, as they wait for a deal to be hammered out between the union and their employer, First Transit. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)

Transit users in Fraser Valley losing money, shifts, jobs as ongoing strike keeps buses parked

CUPE 561 members share public concerns about daily impacts of Fraser Valley transit strike

CUPE 561 transit workers stand at the picket line in the ongoing transit strike, as they wait for a deal to be hammered out between the union and their employer, First Transit. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)
Talks have broken down between the union and the employer in the eastern Fraser Valley transit system, with a strike called for Monday, March 20. (File photo)

UPDATE: Eastern Fraser Valley buses roll to a stop Monday; First Transit releases five-year contract offer

Transit in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Agassiz, Harrison, Hope on hold until agreement reached

Talks have broken down between the union and the employer in the eastern Fraser Valley transit system, with a strike called for Monday, March 20. (File photo)
First Transit employees are on their third day of striking today, March 11. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)

BC Liberals push Premier Eby to bring Fraser Valley transit strike to a halt

Three-day transit strike could be followed by indefinite strike if wage deal not met soon

First Transit employees are on their third day of striking today, March 11. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)
CUPE workers on strike on Gladys Road in Abbotsford on Thursday, March 9. They are holding a three-day strike as negotiations seemingly have broken down between the union and their employer, First Transit. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)

Low wages, lack of pension keep buses off roads in Fraser Valley for second day

Services could be suspended indefinitely on March 20 if wage deal not reached soon, says BC Transit

CUPE workers on strike on Gladys Road in Abbotsford on Thursday, March 9. They are holding a three-day strike as negotiations seemingly have broken down between the union and their employer, First Transit. (@fraservalleytransitstrike/Instagram)
Financial support is available during the pandemic. (Black Press file)

Vancouver dumps ‘living wage’ policy, effectively cutting wage for lowest-paid staff

Living Wage for Families calls Vancouver’s decision ‘incredibly disappointing’

Financial support is available during the pandemic. (Black Press file)
Fraser Valley-based First Transit bus drivers have voted 98 per cent in favour of job action following a strike vote on Dec. 19. Job action has been escalating as talks continue. (File photo)

Fraser Valley transit strike action could escalate to full walk-out, says CUPE

Drivers in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and surrounding area ‘most underpaid transit workers in the region’

Fraser Valley-based First Transit bus drivers have voted 98 per cent in favour of job action following a strike vote on Dec. 19. Job action has been escalating as talks continue. (File photo)
Paula Brown, a community health worker with Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Medical Center, consults with a patient. (Michael Ollove/Pew Charitable Trusts/TNS)

New union agreement increases wage for B.C.’s health-care workers

UFCW 1518 community health workers ratified the agreement

Paula Brown, a community health worker with Minneapolis’ Hennepin County Medical Center, consults with a patient. (Michael Ollove/Pew Charitable Trusts/TNS)
Buses won’t be running on Feb. 27 and 28 due to an escalation in job action in the eastern Fraser Valley. The job action will not affect handyDART services. (Black Press file photo)

Two days of no bus service in eastern Fraser Valley as job action escalates

BC Transit’s handyDART service will not be affected by strike escalation

Buses won’t be running on Feb. 27 and 28 due to an escalation in job action in the eastern Fraser Valley. The job action will not affect handyDART services. (Black Press file photo)
Transit operators are fighting for increased pay in the Fraser Valley. (Abbotsford News file photo)

As transit strike action continue in Fraser Valley, CUPE asks for online pledge support

Bus drivers stopped collecting fares on Chilliwack and Abbotsford routes almost two weeks ago

Transit operators are fighting for increased pay in the Fraser Valley. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Vessels are seen docked at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s labour board rules workers can’t refuse to cross some picket lines

Decision relates to last fall’s North Vancouver Seaspan shipyard strike

  • Jan 9, 2023
Vessels are seen docked at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New BC Federation of Labour president Sussanne Skidmore (right) and secretary-treasurer Singh Kailley were elected on Nov. 24, 2022. (Credit: BC Federation of Labour/Facebook)

The new faces of B.C.’s labour movement

BC Federation of Labour pushing for more unions, better protections under new president

  • Dec 5, 2022
New BC Federation of Labour president Sussanne Skidmore (right) and secretary-treasurer Singh Kailley were elected on Nov. 24, 2022. (Credit: BC Federation of Labour/Facebook)
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. Student workers at the campus are trying to unionize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Inside the unionization battle at SFU and UBC

University workers pushing for adequate pay in increasingly expensive regions

  • Dec 5, 2022
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. Student workers at the campus are trying to unionize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. The organization that represents the British Columbia government in negotiations with the province’s teachers says it has reached a tentative contract with educators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. teachers union says new contract puts teachers in ‘top tier’ in Canada

Annual salaries set to increase by $6,000 to $8,500 by 3rd year

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. The organization that represents the British Columbia government in negotiations with the province’s teachers says it has reached a tentative contract with educators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Ships are loaded with coal at Westshore Terminals in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday February 19, 2014, as seen from a National Aerial Surveillance Program flight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Westshore Terminals reaches tentative deal with union, work resumes at terminal

Terms of the six-year agreement with Local 502 were not immediately available

Ships are loaded with coal at Westshore Terminals in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday February 19, 2014, as seen from a National Aerial Surveillance Program flight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck