Employer and union “hit a home run” with new contract for Chetwynd municipal workers

CUPE 3052 and the District of Chetwynd in northeastern B.C., have ratified a four-year collective agreement, that for the first time includes recognition of a new category of workers.

The deal, reached after just three days of negotiations, gives employees better scheduling of overtime, annual pay increases of two per cent, a $600 signing bonus as well as improved standby and callout language.

CUPE 556 welcomes Union Bay Improvement District workers

Workers at Union Bay Improvement District have voted to become members of CUPE 556 in a Labour Board certification on November 14. The four workers include inside administration and outside public works who maintain the water treatment plant and streetlights.

“These workers provide the same services as the members we represent in surrounding communities,” said CUPE 556 President Karen Garrett. “We are so pleased to welcome them into our growing union.”

CUPE 7000 calls strike vote as SkyTrain declines new talks

With the BC Rapid Transit Company turning down the union’s latest proposal for new bargaining dates, a strike vote is now underway for CUPE 7000 members working for SkyTrain.

Last week, a BCRTC media release said that the Company “remain[s] committed to the bargaining process…” and is “open to further discussing what has been offered and urge the union to continue negotiating with us.” Although eight days of mediated talks had already been scheduled starting from November 28, both parties are free to re-enter direct negotiations at any time.

Pharmacare now

CUPE, along with the Canadian Health Coalition and over a hundred allies, are calling on the federal government to act immediately to implement a national public prescription drug program that covers everyone.

CUPE 5512 ratifies tentative agreement with Prairie South School Division

Members of CUPE 5512 have voted with a 71 percent majority to ratify a new collective agreement with Prairie South School Division.

“We want to thank all of our members for staying strong and united through a difficult round of bargaining. The gains we made at the table would not have been possible without the strong strike mandate from our members and your ongoing support,” said Dale Smith, president of CUPE 5512.