Another union joins the teachers Tuesday

  • Oct. 17, 2005 10:00 a.m.

Teachers remain out of the classrooms for the fifth school day on Monday, and more islanders may be affected by union job action Tuesday (Oct. 18), as members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees prepare to stop working.
CUPE is calling for job action across northern BC on Tuesday, following today’s day of protest on Vancouver Island. The union is supporting the BC Teachers’ Federation, which has been on strike since Oct. 7 to protest a government-imposed contract.
CUPE members on the islands work for the village of Masset, for the regional district at the landfill site, and at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, as well as in the schools.
The library branch in Queen Charlotte is closed today (Monday), because staff there belong to a union local from Nanaimo, which is taking part in Monday’s Vancouver Island protest. Circulation supervisor Su-san Brown said she was planning to join the teachers on their picket line for the day.
“I support the teachers,” she said, adding that she has never taken part in any job action before. “I just feel that this one is really important.”
Village of Masset administrator Trevor Jarvis said the village’s six unionized employees have indicated they will take part in tomorrow’s protest. The village office will remain open, he said.
In Prince Rupert, regional district administrator Janet Beil said she’s not yet sure how regional district operations will be affected. The islands landfill site may be closed, but garbage pickup will continue as usual because it’s done by contractors. Ms Beil added that she supports the teachers and that other union members should have the right to join the protest.
“I have to let my staff choose whatever they have to do,” she said.
Mike Muller, president of CUPE local 2020, represents 40 to 50 members who work in schools on the islands. They have already been off the job since last week in support of the teachers, and have joined them on the picket lines, he said.
Mark Karjaluoto, spokesperson for the Northern Health Authority, said no health facilities on the islands should be affected by the protest.

Just Posted

Wind project between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert moves forward once more

Naikun Wind Energy Group announced partnership with major offshore wind development company

Adverse weather forces ferry schedule change

Thursday’s Skidegate to Prince Rupert route affected

Coast Mountain College announces interim president

Ken Burt, current president and CEO, will say goodbye to CMNT come September

Queen Charlotte crackdown

RCMP target impaired driving amidst rising numbers of the offence

Australian gold mining giant acquires Red Chris mine

Newcrest now owns 70 per cent of the mine south of Iskut and operatorship

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Most Read