Connecting with members in Victoria

VICTORIA—CUPE Local 50 reps were out talking to members this morning at the crack of dawn. President John Burrows said that meeting members as they come into work is a great way to connect and make sure that important information gets into their hands – and it is something that the Local has been doing for 40 years.
“This morning, we gave out copies of our new collective agreement and some CUPE health and safety information. It is a great opportunity to have a quick chat with members and make sure they have the information they need to work safely,” said Burrows.

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

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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