NEW WESTMINSTER—CUPE members in B.C.’s community health sector continue to struggle with challenges such as low wages and high workload, but—with a new provincial government committed to a strong public health system and renewed efforts toward coordinated bargaining—there is cautious optimism heading into the coming round of contract negotiations, delegates to a CUPE health care bargaining conference found this week.
CUPE 411 members hear details of the Human Rights Complaint with lawyer Carmela Allevato and learn about human rights through a presentation by CUPE National Human Rights Rep Cheryl Colborne
CHILLIWACK – When Trustee Barry Neufeld made homophobic and transphobic comments regarding the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy adopted by School District 33, CUPE 411 knew they could not stand idly by and allow students and staff in Chilliwack schools to be discriminated against or made to feel unsafe at work.
VANCOUVER — CUPE Local 1936-09 and the Hastings Community Association have signed off on a retroactive, five-year collective agreement that includes flat-rate wage increases averaging 9 per cent over the term, improved human rights and anti-harassment language, and no concessions.
COQUITLAM – CUPE 561 members ratified the agreement to transfer active employees in the SD43 Non-Teaching Pension Plan (NTPP) to the BC Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) with 97 per cent of members voting in favour.
DUNCAN – CUPE Local 358 members at the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), have ratified the recommendations of a BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) appointed mediator.
BURNABY—With its collective agreement expiring on March 31 next year, CUPE’s Community Social Services sector is holding a bargaining survey to canvass member priorities in preparation for the next round of bargaining.
BURNABY—Registration is now open for the CUPE Health Care Bargaining Conference, a one-day gathering for CUPE members in the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Community Bargaining Association.
Although the last provincial election seems like years ago now, the reality is that the new BC NDP government led by Premier John Horgan has been in office for just six months as you read this edition of Public Employee. While much has already been accomplished, much more remains to be done after 16 years of right-wing BC Liberal government. (For a more detailed assessment of the government’s first six months, see Page 10.)