CUPE News
Also in this section:

September 10, 2012

   |   Share This Story   

SFU Workers ready for strike vote

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY—CUPE local 3338 will hold a strike vote Sept. 25-27.  The local represents 1,200 support workers at the university’s three campuses. 

The unanimous decision by the union’s executive and bargaining committee to hold the vote comes after two years of fruitless talks with the employer.  The union says the university has consistently blocked attempts to bargain in good faith ever since the existing contract expired in 2010.  The main issues are job security, inflation protection and wages.

“After listing all the things that CUPE 3338 members should be willing to give up, the employer has refused to seriously consider a single one of our proposals,” says 3338 President Lynne Fowler.  “We have been told that there is money in the university budget, but the employer won’t tell us how much.  They have also said they fully intend to use any money available to try to fix the ailing SFU Pension Plan.

At this point, our only viable option is to move to legal job action on campus.  Our goal is not to inconvenience students, but to get the employer to the table with a mandate to bargain a fair and reasonable collective agreement.”

If the members vote to give their union a strike mandate, the local can then serve 72-hour strike notice and be in a position for legal job action – up to and including a campus-wide strike.

cope491

 

Related News

Township of Langley Arenas brought back in-house

Apr 13, 2016

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY- CUPE 403 is proud to announce that after nearly 20 years two arenas in the Township of Langley will once again be operated in-house. more...

CUPE 15 urges public to stand up for public education

Apr 12, 2016

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is considering permanent closure of 12 to 13 schools in order to balance their budget. The BC Liberal government more...

Community Social Services: New agreement on portability and retention reached

Apr 08, 2016

Earlier this year, an agreement was reached that could allow union members covered by the Community Social Services (CSS) General Services, Community Living more...

Sooke Wastewater Services to be delivered in-house

Apr 08, 2016

SOOKE – The District of Sooke has voted unanimously to end their contract with for-profit contractor EPCOR and bring wastewater services in-house. Sooke more...

Click here for the archive