Another Q & A about UNBC and Faculty Strike with CUPE Support ( From 4:11 p.m. today )

NOTE: Another Q and A will be coming out tonight via email and posted to the web site.

Lots of questions – so far behind with my e-mail. I will try to answer as much as I can before 4:00 p.m


We are currently looking at a shuttle service. We will have something in place for tomorrow morning. The only thing we have not confirmed yet is if we have approval to park our vehicles in the CN Centre parking lot. I don’t expect there to be an issue with it but we have not been able to confirm at this point so I think we will go with it for tomorrow and if there is an issue we will adjust things for Friday.

Check our website if you are planning on using the shuttle service. For tomorrow, Thursday, March 6th we will have a shuttle service that will run four times: 7:30 a.m. for an hour period, 11:30 a.m. for an hour period, 3:30 p.m. for an hour period and then at 7:30 p.m. to bring those that chose to picket back down the hill once job action is finished for the day. We will try to establish an area for parking that is not in the middle of the parking lot so if you are planning on using the shuttle service, please look for a cluster of vehicles when you arrive at CN Centre parking lot.

Can I picket at any of the locations??

Please picket where you work. There are two reasons for this, one, we need to keep a sign in/sign out sheet for picket pay purposes. We will only have one main sign in sheet located on campus. For those of you that picket at your worksite off campus (the BMO or at WIDC), please sign in on the Faculty Association Guest list and when you sign out, take a picture showing both times along with your name. Send that information in to at the end of the day and we will keep track of it along with the main sign in sheet. The secondary reason you need to picket at your own worksite is that if the FA picket lines comes down at that location, CUPE support staff can return to work. If you are at the wrong location, you may miss out on an opportunity to work.

Picket Pay – Do I have to attend the picket line to get paid??

You need to serve four hours each day to be eligible for strike pay. If you choose not to participate in job action on Thursday or Friday, you will not be eligible to start earning the CUPE BC portion of strike pay; you would be considered Day #1 of picket duty. This is not to be considered an extended weekend with the option to “opt in” to strike pay on Monday – just to be clear.

Essential Service Orders??

Those members that have been deemed Essential Services under the ESO, please check in with the Picket Captain and that person will ensure you get through the line without issue. If I have not contacted you personally yet, please discuss with the Picket Captain on duty and they will check the Order to ensure you are eligible to cross the line and work on campus.

Leaves, Casuals and other one offs??

If you have scheduled holidays already approved – you are good to take your holidays without issue. If you put in a holiday or leave form at this point, it will not be covered as holiday time.

If you are off on a leave – maternity, paternity, administrative, sick leave, etc. – your leave will not be impacted by job action.

Casuals & part time employees – if you serve four hours on the picket line each day, you will be entitled to the full portion of strike pay if the FA’s strike runs longer than 10 days. For some of you, it may be beneficial – like those of you scheduled for 7 hours a week.

Normal hours of work – if you work 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., you cannot re-schedule your day to run from 7:30 p.m. – midnight. Normal hours of work will be enforced throughout job action. If you normally work from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (just an example), you would report for work when the picket line goes down at 7:30 p.m. and work until 11:00 p.m.

There are a multitude of questions that may still be out there that I have not had the time to answer yet, I will be doing so as time allows. As far as I am aware at this point in time, the university is not shutting down our e-mail accounts so you should still be able to check your e-mail if you are waiting on an answer from me that hasn’t come in yet.

Please check our website: daily for information and updates.

Remember!! CUPE’s position is that all CUPE Locals will support job action and will respect picket lines, our Local, in this job action, is no different. I appreciate your support as we go through a very difficult time in our membership. I will be doing everything I can to stay in touch with the membership and to keep you informed.

In solidarity,