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February 3, 2011

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Second CUPE local rejects Health Science Professionals agreement

BURNABY — CUPE 15 members have also voted strongly against a proposed agreement in the Health Science Professionals sector.

The two-year deal features no general wage increase and no new money.

Members of CUPE Local 15, representing workers with Vancouver Coastal Health, voted 95% against the proposed agreement.

“Members were disappointed with some of the proposed trade-offs in the tentative agreement, particularly the loss of a vacation day and the red-circling of many of our jobs,” explained CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro. “This tentative agreement would take money from our members left pocket and puts a little bit of it back into their right pocket, which is not fair or respectful.”

Members of CUPE Local 4816, representing members with Fraser Health Authority, voted 100% last week against this tentative agreement. Members of CUPE Local 1978, representing members with Vancouver Island Health Authority, are voting this week.

“It’s time that front line health care workers in British Columbia are valued for the important work they do each day in our communities,” Faoro commented.

Local 1978 has also recommended rejection of this deal to their membership.

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