K-12 sector reaches tentative agreement with BCPSEA

A tentative agreement was reached between the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Council (PBC) and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) late Thursday evening on a provincial framework agreement for K-12 support staff.

The three-year agreement takes effect on July 1, 2019 and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.

Highlights of the agreement include:

Airport layoffs hurt service, safety

The unexpected elimination of seven CUPE positions from the Fort McMurray Airport Authority is a hard hit to the already dwindling service levels at the airport, says the union representing employees of the Airport Authority.

“These cuts follow the elimination of 50 custodian and security positions in 2015”, said Judy Collier, President of CUPE 1505. “The Bargaining Unit has gone from approximately 73 CUPE members to only 12 in just 3 years. With the recent reduction in hours of work and these layoffs, the travellers can expect a further decline in service levels.

CBA reaches tentative agreement for workers in community health

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement.

“We’ve made meaningful gains in a number of key areas. We’re pleased with the tentative agreement and are confident that our members in community health will be as well,” said CUPE Health Coordinator Chris Losito.

Tentative agreements reached for General Services and Community Living

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that, after four weeks of negotiations and a 95‑hour push over the last six days for a deal without concessions, a tentative agreement has been reached for General Services and Community Living with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA). The tentative agreements are for three-year terms and provide significant compensation increases in terms of low‑wage redress for all members while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.

CUPE 2073 and Canadian Hearing Society reach tentative agreement

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2073 representing workers who provide services for the Deaf, Oral Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing community at 24 offices across Ontario, has reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS).

The agreement comes after 18 days of bargaining and conciliation, beginning in February. “It was an intense round of bargaining, but we are happy to come out of it with an agreement that we can take back to the members,” said Barbara Frey, CUPE National Representative.

Re-vote called for striking members of CUPE 3903, Unit 2 at York University

Striking members of CUPE 3903, Unit 2, will return to the polls for a second time to vote on ratifying a contract with York University. Wednesday evening, votes were cast by members of Unit 2 which represents over 1,000 course directors as well as some teaching assistants and instructors who are not full-time graduate students. However, a discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and the number of signatures of eligible voters at polling stations led to calls for a re-vote to ensure the integrity of the vote.

Say No to Contracting Out in Saskatchewan's Health Care Security Services

On April 18th, 2018 the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued a memo announcing a province-wide review of security services, using an external consultant named Tony Weeks. In announcing the review, Saskatchewan Health Authority vice-president Andrew Will told media, “Definitely we’re seeing more events where staff and/or patient safety is jeopardized.”

Many front-line health care workers in Saskatchewan can confirm that incidents of violence in health care facilities, and in homecare, are on the increase.

Important demonstrations at the Bécancour and Quebec City Ports

Major demonstrations are currently under way at the Port of Quebec City and the Port of Bécancour in support of the locked out workers of Viterra, a grain carrier.  The company, which has a presence at the Port of Montreal, locked out its workers last January 30. In spite of repeated requests from the union, the employer has been refusing to negotiate for almost five months.

Another demonstration has been planned at the Port of Vancouver today.