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October 15, 2012

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Talks, job action continue at BC universities

BURNABY—CUPE contract talks are scheduled this week at four BC universities. Dates have been set at Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria and UBC.  Job actions continue at several campuses ranging from overtime bans to picket lines. 

The new bargaining dates follow job action and a tentative agreement last Wednesday with CUPE 2950 at UBC – the first for CUPE workers in the sector during this round of bargaining. The agreement for 1,500 clerical, library and hospital employees includes no concessions and wage increases of 2+2% in the final two years of a four-year deal.  CUPE’s 12,000 support workers and teaching assistants at BC universities have been bargaining for more than two years for a new contract. The main issues are job security, inflation protection and a fair wage increase.

Scheduled bargaining dates

UNBC, Prince George: Talks today. Contact:  Caroline Sewell, CUPE 3799 President 250-640-5566.

UVic, Victoria: CUPE locals 917 and 951 meeting Wednesday (Oct 17) with Local 4163 tentatively scheduled for Thursday (Oct 18). Contacts: Rob Park, CUPE 917 President 250-882-7602; Doug Sprenger, CUPE 951 President 250-812-8484; and Greg Melnechuk, CUPE 4163 President 250-896-4279.

TRU, Kamloops: Talks scheduled for Thursday and Friday (Oct 18-19). Contact:  Lois Rugg, CUPE 4879 President 250-318-9919.

University of BC, Vancouver: Talks scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Oct 19-20). Contact:  Colleen Garbe, CUPE 116 President 604-809-6116. No talks scheduled for Local 2278. Contact:  Peter Lane, CUPE 2278 Business agent 604-312-3109.

SFU, Burnaby: No talks scheduled. Contact:  John Bannister, CUPE 3338 Business Agent 778-782-4433.

Royal Roads, Victoria: No talks scheduled. Contact:  Paul Allison, CUPE 3886 President 250-391-2689.

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