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January 22, 2013

SFU Guilty of Bad Faith Bargaining

VANCOUVER – The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that Simon Fraser University is guilty of bad faith bargaining against its 1,000 CUPE support workers.  The decision that SFU breached the BC Labour Code was handed down yesterday afternoon.

The members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3338 have been without a contract for close to three years. SFU is the only university in the province that has not negotiated in good faith to a new collective agreement with its CUPE support workers.

January 21, 2013

UVic Sessional Workers Ratify Two-Year Deal

VICTORIA—CUPE sessional instructors at the University of Victoria have ratified a new two-year collective agreement. The employer is expected to ratify the deal by the end of the month. 

The contract runs from May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2014 and includes wage increases of 2 percent in the first year and 1.38 percent in the second.

CUPE Local 4163 (component 3) represents more than 400 sessionals and music performance instructors at UVic and is the final local to ratify a new collective agreement in the current UVic round of bargaining.

December 6, 2012

Striking workers give SFU president 'final offer'

BURNABY—Support workers at Simon Fraser University have delivered a ‘final offer to settle’ to SFU president Andrew Petter. The 1,000 CUPE support workers have been without a contract for 2 ½ years and SFU is the only university in the province that has not negotiated in good faith to a new collective agreement.

November 8, 2012

Big Banner Day at SFU

BURNABY—The 24-hour strike at Simon Fraser University has pushed the employer to mediation with CUPE 3338 support workers. The two sides met yesterday and discussions are ongoing.

Morale was high on the picket lines as CUPE 3338 members were joined by CUPE National President Paul Moist, striking TSSU teaching assistants, Faculty Association members and BCGEU support pickets from the SFU daycare.

November 7, 2012

CUPE workers shut down SFU

BURNABY—CUPE Local 3338 members shut down the Burnaby campus of SFU this morning at one minute after midnight (see photos). The striking workers say they will stay until midnight tonight.   Buses rerouted to avoid crossing the picket lines and TSSU teaching assistants were also on the lines. Visitors are being greeted by a huge SFU ‘ON STRIKE’ sign at the entrance to the campus. 

November 5, 2012

SFU refuses to engage at contract talks

RICHMOND—CUPE came to the table with a mediator and determination to reach a collective agreement - they left empty handed.  A full weekend of mediated bargaining with Vince Ready never got past the university’s fixation with its own pension problems, according to CUPE Local 3338 president Lynne Fowler. 

November 2, 2012

Final CUPE local at UVic signs collective agreement

VICTORIA — CUPE Local 4163 has reached a tentative collective agreement with the University of Victoria. The deal is a no-concessions, four-year agreement with 0-0-2-2% wage increases. The agreement is retroactive to 2010 and includes no wage increases for the first two years under the provincial government's Net Zero Mandate. That mandate stipulated that public sector workers could get no wage increases for 2010 and 2011. 

November 2, 2012

All-out strike set at SFU

BURNABY – Striking CUPE Local 3338 support workers have scheduled an all-out, all-campus withdrawal of services for Wednesday, Nov. 7.  The union says picket lines will go up at the Burnaby Mountain, Surrey and downtown Vancouver campuses.  

November 1, 2012

SFU strikers get support for escalating job action

BURNABY–Striking support workers were joined on the picket line by CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill today. O’Neill pledged the continued support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ 80,000 members in BC as the strikers announced plans to remain on the picket line tomorrow. O’Neill also met with student supporters and striking picketers from the TSSU teaching assistants’ union.  

October 31, 2012

UVic support workers sign tentative deal

VICTORIA—Two CUPE locals at the University of Victoria signed a tentative agreement today after more than two years at the bargaining table.

The agreement, which must still be ratified by union members and by the university, is a no-concession, four-year deal with 0-0-2-2% wage increases. The zeros for the first two years reflect the BC Liberals' Net Zero Mandate which prevented public sector workers from getting any wage increases for 2010 and 2011. The wage hikes are retroactive to April 1, 2012 and on April 1, 2013.

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CUPE 4163 reaches tentative agreement at UVic

Mar 21, 2016

VICTORIA – After a prolonged bargaining process, CUPE 4163 reached a tentative agreement on behalf of workers in Components 1 and 2 at the University more...

UVic education workers take strike vote

Feb 22, 2016

VICTORIA – Components 1 and 2 of CUPE Local 4163, University of Victoria education workers, have given their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate more...

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