Also in this section:

May 9, 2013

   |   Share This Story   

SFU agrees to return to bargaining table

BURNABY – SFU has finally agreed to return to the bargaining table with CUPE Local 3338. The two sides are scheduled to meet Monday, May 13, for the first time in close to six months. 

SFU carries the dubious distinction of being the only public post-secondary institution in the province that has not signed a new collective agreement with its CUPE workers. 

Talks were initially stalled after SFU tried to keep problems with its ailing Pension Plan tied to contract talks with CUPE. That was ruled bad faith bargaining by the BC Labour Relations Board in November. An SFU appeal of that decision was rejected by the LRB last month.

CUPE 3338 president Lynne Fowler takes the university decision to return to the table as a “positive sign” adding that she expects SFU to respond Monday to the CUPE 3338 bargaining committee’s December offer to settle in line with the other BC university contracts.  BC’s other public post-secondary institutions all signed four-year agreements with 2 percent wage hikes in each of the final two years.

“Now that the Labour Board has upheld its ruling against SFU’s approach to talks so far, we are hoping we can move on and finally wrap up this round of bargaining with a fair and reasonable collective agreement,” says Fowler. 

CUPE National Representative Ross Idler says the union has always been very clear with SFU that concluding negotiations will open the way to focus on the pension plan.  “Once we know SFU has returned in good faith to conclude collective bargaining, we want to return to the employees’ joint pension committee with fellow employee groups APSA and Poly Party to work towards an improved and sustainable SFU Pension Plan.”

CUPE Local 3338 represents more than 1,000 clerical staff, computer operators, library assistants, technicians, lifeguards, financial aid advisors, building technologists, programmer analysts, buyers, stores clerks, information specialists, control clerks and resource specialists, schedulers and programmers at Simon Fraser University’s three campuses.


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