Members of CUPE 608 have been on strike since May 15, 2014. Their employer is attempting to contract out most of their approximately 30 bargaining unit jobs. Although Naramata Centre is owned by the United Church of Canada, it is run by separate board. CUPE is now applying to have the Centre and the Church recognized as a common employer. If successful, more pressure can be applied to the United Church to do the right thing and uphold their reputation for fighting for respect and rights for workers.
For the second year in a row, the CUPE BC Spring School will not be held at Naramata in 2015 as a result of this dispute.
CUPE BC news story – http://www.cupe.bc.ca/news/3591