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November 6, 2012

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Job action in community health

VANCOUVER–The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) reviewed the employer's latest offer and although a wage increase is included in the offer, it is tied securely to a corresponding "offset" (cost savings) from the collective agreement.  The offset is matched by the employer to provide the wage increase.  There is no guarantee built into the proposal that the wage increase will not be eroded in the future by increases to the cost of the provisions where the 'savings' were proposed.

The employer has not changed their position related to the offset, and failing a move from them, there is nothing to discuss at the bargaining table.

There is no strike action planned for CUPE sites this week. If your employer is to be targeted you will be advised of that plan by the union.

There will be a rally this week at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 12:15 – 12:45.  All three health sector bargaining associations will be participating in the rally, and we encourage members to come to the rally in support of a fair deal for 70,000 BC health care workers.

CUPE represents approximately 500 members in the CBA which has over 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU.  Other unions at the table are UFCW, HEU, HSA, and USWA.

For all bargaining updates and information on CUPE’s health sector in BC visit

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