August 18, 2010

Union applies for mediation to settle dispute

VANCOUVER–The City of Quesnel was granted their request for an essential services order today by the Labour Relations Board.

August 12, 2010

CUPE members ask City to get back to the table

QUESNEL–CUPE 1050 members turned down the City of Quesnel’s final offer with a resounding ‘no’ vote. The Labour Relations Board announced the result of the vote this afternoon.

“Municipal workers turned down the initial offer and instead of being willing to negotiate and work things out, the City forced a vote on the exact same contract that had been rejected,” said CUPE 1050 acting president Curtis Galbraith.

The City’s final offer was for zero per cent in the first year, one per cent in year two, and two per cent in the final year of the three-year contract.

July 13, 2010

Sechelt Library workers ratify first agreement

SECHELT – CUPE 391 members from Sechelt Public Library have ratified their first collective agreement and the Library Board also ratified the agreement on Sunday.

“The tone at the bargaining table was co-operative and respectful,” says Lolly Mackenzie, member of the bargaining committee.

July 12, 2010

HSPBA tables proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care

Bargaining for a new contract for health science professionals continued this week in Richmond, with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabling a number of proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care.

“As health care professionals, we are deeply concerned with maintaining our quality public health care system.

July 9, 2010

Bargaining update for CUPE members of CSSEA employers - talks break off for the summer

The multi-union bargaining committee met with the CSSEA/Employers throughout the month of June. These meetings failed to provide any substantive movement by either party.

July 8, 2010

Three-year deal ratified at United Way

VICTORIA—The 15 CUPE members working at the United Way of Greater Victoria have ratified a three-year collective agreement. The deal includes 2.5 per cent wage increases in each of the three years.

June 30, 2010

College staff locals serve notice to bargain

BURNABY—CUPE locals in the CUPE Colleges Bargaining Council (CCBC) have served notice for local bargaining with their employers.

The council includes five CUPE locals that represent more than 2,000 staff at Camosun College (CUPE 2081), College of the Rockies (CUPE 2773), College of New Caledonia (CUPE 4951), North Island College (CUPE 3479) and Vancouver Island University (CUPE 1858).

Workers covered by these agreements provide important services at colleges and universities across the province, including maintenance, administrative support, custodial support, food services,

June 28, 2010

Community Social Services Bargaining Update

BURNABY— The Community Social Services bargaining committee tasked with negotiating a new collective agreement met with the employer group for four days last week. (June 21-24)

The committee’s work centered around trying to establish clarity on a variety of issues raised by the employer group and gaining new contract language.

The committee is working within the mandate members gave us: to restore previous conditions of employment.

Keep watching cupe.bc.ca for further updates.

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June 21, 2010

Unions table proposals to address health science professional shortages

BURNABY—The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled proposals today at the bargaining table aimed at protecting and improving quality public health care in hospitals and communities across the province.

Two key proposals address continued problems health authorities have in recruiting and keeping the health science professionals critical to the modern health care team.

“Our health care system needs health science professionals to function properly,” said CUPE’s bargaining committee representative Frank DeWaard.

June 15, 2010

Bargaining update for CUPE members of CSSEA employers

BURNABY— The Community Social Services Bargaining Association committee tasked with negotiating a new collective agreement for members met twice during the week of June 7th with the employers’ group, CSSEA (Community Social Services Employers’ Association).

The parties exchanged responses to the proposals tabled in late May. CSSEA’s package offers no monetary gains. It insists it’s being held to the B.C. Liberal government’s net ‘zero’ financial mandate.

We have not responded to the employers’ request that we remove all monetary proposals from the table.