Community social services employers and unions set job classification, evaluation targets

BURNABY—Over the next 16 months, the joint union-employer committee for the community social services sector will be collecting, reviewing and updating information relative to the Joint Job Evaluation Plan in preparation for the first scheduled distribution of the negotiated Comparability and Anomaly wage increases scheduled for April 1, 2016.
The committee will be meeting in early February to finalize the terms of reference and develop the preliminary work plan to have the work completed before April 1, 2016.
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Hearts out to Haiti

BURNABY —The CUPE BC executive board has unanimously passed a motion to send $15,000 to Oxfam Quebec to help Haiti. CUPE National’s donations have topped $100,000.
CUPE BC encourages every CUPE Local and every CUPE member to help out in this horrific disaster.read more

Paramedics talks to continue

VANCOUVER —The CUPE 873 bargaining team is set to meet with representatives of the BC Ambulance Service Wednesday and Thursday. Talks for a new collective agreement started last week.
Ambulance Paramedics of BC bargaining team spokesman John Horsfield said he is “cautiously optimistic” after last week’s session.read more

Island rallies gain momentum

NANAIMO – CUPE members and community supporters on Vancouver Island turned out in full force this week to demand their right to free collective bargaining.
In Courtenay Friday, more than 200 people rallied outside Comox Valley Liberal MLA Don McRae’s constituency office telling the Campbell government to bargain in good faith with the Ambulance Paramedics.

Video shows managers operating train with no lights during foggy, night-time crossing

Red flags raised about safety of Southern Railway practices during lockout, says CUPE
BURNABY—A cell phone video shot earlier this week shows a Southern Railway train operated dangerously by managers attempting to replace locked-out employees. The video shows a train rolling through a crossing on Annacis Island with no headlights or front ditchlights on, despite thick fog at the time and with one manager riding on the stairs of the leading locomotive. 
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New sewage treatment consultations underway on the South Island

VICTORIA—Discussions and decisions are once again on the table about the future of sewage treatment in the Capital Regional District on south Vancouver Island. The communities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford and View Royal as well as the Songhees Nation have formed a Westside working group to look at sewage treatment options and they are seeking public input.
CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.
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