Bargaining Survey for 2019 bargaining

Bargaining is upon us and so it’s time to reach out to the membership and ask you what are your priorities for this round of bargaining. We have been working hand in hand with CUPE National to do up a bargaining survey that will be done online via Survey Monkey. Why have we gone this route? It will be truly anonymous. Unlike the employer’s survey that stated it was anonymous, if you read the terms and conditions of taking part in the survey – which I did – it was not truly anonymous. Read more [...]

National Sectoral Meeting activities

So far at the CUPE National Sector meeting your representatives have taken in two overall plenary sessions and then today spent the majority of the time broken off with post secondary members from across Canada. Discussions were about pensions, bargaining language to seek, precarious work and what to do about it and the changing reality facing faculty and how Universities are using casual faculty. This was all on the first full day. Looking forward to the days to come. Read more [...]

Management cancelled Labour Management Meeting at last minute

For months now we have had a labour management meeting scheduled. Time was booked off from our jobs and at the last moment management cancels, saying they are too busy and need to work on other things. I wish we could report this is the first time they have done this, but it isn't. This shows a total lack of respect and contempt to our membership. It not only violates the intention of having a working relationship but also our collective agreement, where the meeting frequency is spelled out. Next Read more [...]

Quebec university workers report high levels of psychological distress

A new study shows that many employees of Quebec universities are experiencing high levels of psychological stress, a mental and emotional state characterized by depression and anxiety. The study was prepared by Professor Julie Cloutier and doctoral student Sabrina Pellerin, from the School of Management (ESG) at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), for CUPE Quebec’s provincial university sector council. It was presented at the council’s biennial conference, whose theme this year was Read more [...]

Local 1975 votes in favour of job action over pension issues at the University of Saskatchewan

CUPE 1975 members have voted in favour of job action in a vote held on September 27th and 28th. The main sticking point in negotiations is the pension plan. The university is refusing to talk pensions at the bargaining table and is threatening to make unilateral cuts to the pension plan. The local is looking to negotiate language into their collective agreement to protect their right to continue bargaining all pension changes at the bargaining table. “Changes to the plan have historically Read more [...]

Potential Food Services strike at UNBC and ramifications to CUPE

As many of you are aware the Unite Here 40 local that provides food services to UNBC has conducted a strike vote and now is legally in a position to go on strike. CUPE 3799 has been in discussions with Unite for what a strike potentially would look like at UNBC. We are also in discussion with CUPE National and the executive will be meeting over lunch hour on Tuesday September 11th. Look for an email out from Caroline, President of #3799 sometime later Tuesday. AS a union we have to support our other Read more [...]

Did you know CUPE has a purchase rewards program ?

  Save with hundreds of discounts available on your smart phone. The Fair at the PNE- Save up to $11 on Fair Gate, Gate & Ride or Combo Passes. For details, check out the “Travel and Play” category on the ESM App. TELUS - Exclusive deals from TELUS! $0 Smartphones including for a limited time the Samsung Galaxy S9 and 30% off select 2 year plans and a $200 bill credit when you switch to TELUS. Conditions apply. For details, check out the CUPE BC “Exclusive Offers” that always Read more [...]

Bargaining preparation is underway. Here is one of the issues to think about

When a government has legislation in that affects labour matters, it is automatically part of our contract. The issue comes up when the government changes and the next one strips any gains or important and beneficial legislation. I know it is hard to believe that a government wouldn't do what is best for the people ! The following article explains the ramifications and why we seek to transfer legislation directly into our collective agreement. https://cupe.ca/protect-labour-reforms-bargaining-table Read more [...]