The CUPE 411 Bargaining Team met again virtually on Friday, January 14, 2022, to attend the monthly Fraser Valley Coordinated Bargaining Committee meeting in the morning and spent the afternoon working on preparing for Local Bargaining.
To ensure the committee is focusing on the most important areas of concerns for the membership we created a local bargaining survey that was emailed out to all active members (permanent and casual) today, and we would ask that you take some time to complete the survey. It is always the Union’s goal to negotiate language that is the best interest of the members by way of new language, or enhancing existing language, and your feedback is a vital part of this process.
You may have heard talk of “Concession” or “Two-Tiered” bargaining, these are two areas of discussion that the Union does not engage in when it comes to contract negotiations. It is also worth stating that general wage increases are no longer negotiated at the Local table, this right has been taken away from us and is now decided on at the Provincial table. Unfortunately, instead of actually negotiating wages we often find ourselves forced to settle for mandates that do not even reflect annual consumer price indexing and as a result has members going backwards, instead of forwards when it comes to keeping up with the cost of living. We can only hope this round of Provincial Bargaining will see an appropriate wage increase for CUPE members!
The Union will continue to provide regular updates as we navigate the Bargaining process, but if you have any questions or concerns, we would ask that you reach out to the Elected Representative on the Bargaining Committee for your respective Division:
- Assistants (et.al.): Wendi Omeasoo (604-701-1446 / email@example.com)
- Clerical: Jenn Wellwood (604-992-4429 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Custodial: Jeff Kasper (604-799-0848 / email@example.com)
- Maintenance: Josh Bouthot (604-649-9385 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Transportation: Tracey O’Hara (604-819-2881 / email@example.com)