Solidarity Statement with Wet’suwet’en

CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council is offering solidarity and support to the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Our members are committed to human rights and to the social justice principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and are engaged in finding ways to meaningfully respond to the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We are troubled by the events of this past week that saw the enforcement of exclusion zones on traditional unceded territory, the forced removal of land defenders and threats to journalists. The outpouring of support across Canada for the position of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs in the form of rallies, marches, sit-ins, and blockades is a hopeful sign that people everywhere are ready for not just reconciliation but reparations, and to build a new relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of these lands.

We now have an opportunity to take the first steps in transforming and decolonizing our laws. We call on the governments of BC and Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Coastal GasLink Pipeline to respect the position of the Hereditary Chiefs and seek a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.

Political Action training – September 19

Political Action training

September 19

A joint union day long training session is being offered on Thurs. September 19 at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre – 13512 108 Ave, Surrey (Near Gateway Skytrain.)

This training is open to all. And CUPE National will cover the entire cost of book off plus per diem for any CUPE member that wants to participate.

To register, contact Nathan Allen at nallen@cupe.ca to confirm your attendance and work out how to cover book off.

Metro Vancouver Alliance Leadership training

Metro Vancouver Alliance Leadership training

September 27 & 28

A vibrant and engaged civil society is vital for a healthy democracy. Our civil society institutions can nurture natural leaders to strengthen their own organizations and work with other civil society actors for the common good. Whether you want to develop leadership skills to contribute to your own congregation, union or group, or want to support broad-based community organizing through the Metro Vancouver Alliance, this workshop is a great place to start! We will explore the tested community organizing model developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation and practiced by community alliances in Canada, the US, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the basics of community organizing and tools to strengthen their own congregation, union, community group or educational institution, and be inspired to assume leadership in their organization and community.

Register here

Rally in support of Westminster Savings Credit Union striking workers – July 5

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. march; 3:45 p.m. rally
Start location: Westminster Savings Shaughnessy Station branch (2850 Shaughnessy St., Unit 6108, Port Coquitlam, B.C.)
End location: Westminster Savings Sunwood Square branch (3025 Lougheed Highway, Unit 290, Coquitlam, B.C.)

Please note that there may be some potential disruptions to traffic along Lougheed Highway from Shaughnessy St. to Westwood St. due to the size of the march. The union has worked with the local RCMP in order to minimize the impact on motorists.

Westminster Savings informed its members in June that they are planning to shut down the Shaughnessy Station branch this fall, claiming the decision is not related to the branch’s unionized status. The Shaughnessy Station branch is the only unionized branch of Westminster Savings.

Workers at the Shaughnessy Station branch, represented by MoveUP, have been on the picket line since January 22 fighting for retirement security and against their employer’s attempts to deny access to the existing defined benefit pension plan for employees hired on or after July 1, 2018. New employees at the non-unionized branches have already been affected by the change.

Labour Day at the PNE

CUPE Metro is proud to have the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) host us this year for Labour Day in Vancouver.  We will be rallying with other Unions, District Councils and the BC Fed at the Coliseum to kick off a fun day at the PNE.

We will have early entry available at Gate 6 for members to pick up wristbands.

Members must pre-register for their wristbands by contacting:  contactcupemetro@gmail.com

Additional discounted wristbands and ride passes can be purchased at this link.