March 4, 2011

Municipal workers reach agreement with City of Penticton

PENTICTON—The City of Penticton and CUPE 608, municipal workers, have reached a four-year agreement that has been ratified by both parties. The agreement was reached on Sunday, February 27 after four solid days of bargaining. City Council ratified the agreement on Wednesday, with CUPE 608 members following suit yesterday evening.

The four-year contract includes a signing bonus of $300 in lieu of a wage increase in 2010, wage increases of 1 per cent on April 1 for the next three years, plus improvements to benefits and language.

March 2, 2011

HSPBA ratifies collective agreement

BURNABY—Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) have voted to accept the terms of the collective agreement reached in late December.

“Our members expressed loud disapproval of this deal and we’re disappointed it was ratified,” said CUPE bargaining committee member, Frank De Waard, “However, we look forward to working with the other unions in our bargaining association in the next round of bargaining to negotiate a deal that we can all endorse and that Health Science Professionals can be proud of.”

The agreement passed with 57 per cent of al

February 16, 2011

CSS members planning next steps to secure a fair deal

BURNABY—In recent weeks, CUPE members working in community social services have been attending membership meetings across the province to discuss next steps in their efforts to secure a fair collective agreement.

The meetings were scheduled by the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) in response to the current impasse at the bargaining table, where employers have refused to consider solutions to a range of problems affecting workers and the critical services they provide.

“It’s been more than a year since we entered into negotiations with the

February 15, 2011

SkyTrain workers take strike vote

BURNABY—Members of CUPE 7000, SkyTrain workers, supported their bargaining committee’s recommendations and voted on February 11 to take strike action if needed.

“We hope it doesn’t come to that,” says CUPE 7000 president Gerry Cunningham. “We don’t want to inconvenience the thousands of commuters who rely daily on the services we provide.”

The current contract expired August 31, 2010 and both sides have been in bargaining since then. After about 30 sessions, BCRTC put forward a final offer that was unanimously rejected by CUPE’s bargaining committee.

February 7, 2011

CUPE members unite in rejecting Health Science Professionals agreement

BURNABY — CUPE 1978 members are the final CUPE group to vote on and reject the proposed agreement in the Health Sciences Professionals sector.

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

Members of CUPE Local 1978, representing workers with Vancouver Island Health Authority, voted 97.2 per cent against the proposed agreement.

“Our members will be particularly affected by the red-circling of their jobs,” explained CUPE 1978 health unit chair Randall Filan.

February 3, 2011

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.

February 3, 2011

Community Social Services workers to Bloy: Give us a fair deal!

BURNABY—British Columbia’s 15,000 community social service workers—including 2,500 CUPE members—are asking their supporters to contact their MLA, and Social Development minister Harry Bloy, to demand a fair deal.

Unionized CSS workers provide important services to women, children and families, youth, people with physical or developmental disabilities and First Nations in towns across British Columbia.

January 31, 2011

O’Neill writes to CUPE members of HSPBA

CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill today released a letter to CUPE members working in the health sciences sector, which is in the process of voting on a tentative agreement. The letter can be read by clicking here


January 25, 2011

CUPE 4816 unanimously votes NO

BURNABY—Members of CUPE 4816 who work with Fraser Health Authority in Burnaby and New Westminster voted unanimously against a proposed agreement in the Health Science Professionals sector.

“It was a strong turnout,” said CUPE 4816 president Frank de Waard.

January 19, 2011

Vote set for HSPBA

VANCOUVER—Voting locations and dates have now been set for CUPE members who are part of the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association.