May 14, 2014

Workers reject offer, begin full strike at United Church Naramata Centre

NARAMATA – Workers at the United Church’s Naramata Centre gave a resounding thumbs down today to a final offer from their employer. The vote required by the Labour Relations Board and requested by the employer.

Following the rejection, all CUPE 608 employees will be off the job beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 15.

CUPE National Representative Tom O’Leary said that employees at the United Church Centre feel they have no other options, especially given the employer’s decision to force a final offer vote on a proposal the union had rejected last week.

May 11, 2014

White Rock city workers to begin full strike action

WHITE ROCK – White Rock city workers will begin withdrawing services on Monday, May 12 at all city worksites.

Following rotating job action over the past few weeks and an overtime ban, the union is increasing pressure on the employer to get back to the table ready to address key bargaining issues.

“The union has shown we are prepared to negotiate and find constructive solutions, but the City will not negotiate,” said CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk. “We don’t take this action lightly, but we feel this is our only option at this point.”

May 7, 2014

White Rock city workers to shut down public works

WHITE ROCK – Following last week’s one-day picket of City Hall and an ongoing overtime ban, White Rock workers in the public works department will be off the job on Thursday, May 8.

The shutdown will affect residential, multifamily and commercial garbage and recycling collection, maintenance of the sewer system, street cleaning, and parks and road maintenance.

May 5, 2014

Bargaining breaks down at United Church’s Naramata Centre

NARAMATA – Workers at the United Church’s Naramata Centre have served 72-hour strike notice to their employer following the breakdown of bargaining.

CUPE National Representative Tom O’Leary said that as the United Church centre finally starts to look at how to address long-term financial challenges, employees have been treated as the problem, rather than as part of the solution.

May 2, 2014

White Rock city workers rally and strike at City Hall

Left to right: Rob Limongelli, Jeannie Kilby, Mark Hancock, Mike Guraliuk, Lynn Reimer, Richard Beaverstock

WHITE ROCK–White Rock city workers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall to send a strong message to the Mayor and Council on the first-day of job action for CUPE 402-01.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk was joined by CUPE 402 President Jeannie Kilby and CUPE BC President Mark Hancock.

May 1, 2014

Rally to support CUPE 402-01 - White Rock city workers

WHITE ROCK - For the first time in its history with the City of White Rock, CUPE 402-01 is taking job action. After ten months of bargaining, the Employer still refuses to address key issues for its workers: the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

Join CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and representatives from CUPE 402 and 402-01 at a solidarity rally on the first day of job action.

April 29, 2014

White Rock city workers serve 72-hour strike notice

WHITE ROCK - After ten months of bargaining, for the first time in its history with the City of White Rock, CUPE 402-01 has served 72-hour strike notice and is gearing up for job action.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that the union plans limited job action on Friday, May 2, with CUPE workers at White Rock City Hall off the job. This will include services such as Permits and Licensing, Pay Parking, Bylaw Enforcement and Financial Services.

April 2, 2014

Talks break off, job action likely for White Rock civic workers

WHITE ROCK – After two mediation sessions with little progress, workers in the City of White Rock say that job action now looks likely.

In February, members of CUPE 402-01 voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if negotiations failed to produce a fair settlement in their current round of bargaining.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk says that it now looks much more likely that members will be exercising that mandate.

March 19, 2014

K-12 Provincial Bargaining Committee starts the ball rolling

CUPE K–12 Provincial Bargaining Committee met to develop proposals for 2014 bargaining.

RICHMOND—CUPE’s K–12 Provincial Bargaining Committee (PBC) met for two days on March 13 and 14 in Richmond. There was a full agenda with the primary goal to develop provincial proposals for recommendation to the K-12 Presidents’ Council for ratification.

March 3, 2014

White Rock civic workers see little progress at the bargaining table

WHITE ROCK – Almost a month after workers in the City of White Rock voted 94 percent in favour of strike action if necessary, the union is discouraged by a lack of progress with the employer.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk is letting members know that they need to be prepared for job action, following a disappointing meeting this morning with employer representatives.