CUPE BC: CUPE 1816 ratifies agreement with Pacific Blue Cross

Written by Dave Chokroun. Posted in Labour Updates, News


New six-year contract includes annual wage increases while preserving retiree benefits.

BURNABY—CUPE 1816 members have ratified a new collective agreement with Pacific Blue Cross that includes annual wage increases, preserves retiree benefits and establishes a health and welfare trust to be managed by joint union-management trustees.

The six-year contract, ratified at a union meeting last night, includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent for year one (retroactive), 1.75 per cent for year two, and 2 per cent for each of the final four years.

The contract came with a return to work agreement that will see PBC’s 600 employees back on the job next Monday (September 18). The union’s picket line outside PBC’s Burnaby office will be down today.

“It has been a long and difficult struggle for this contract, but we are very happy with the result. We feel that the new agreement addresses the main concerns we had raised, so we had no hesitation in bringing it back to the membership,” said CUPE 1816 President Beth Miller.

“We understand that PBC plan holders have been seriously inconvenienced by this dispute. We wish to thank them for their patience over these past few months and assure them that we will do our very best to bring service levels back to normal as soon as possible. We also want to thank everyone who supported us during this labour dispute.”

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Message to BEST members from your Bargaining Committee and Executive Board

Written by Dave Chokroun. Posted in Labour Updates

Since August 11, 2017 we have met with the Employer on six occasions. The bargaining session scheduled for August 22 was cancelled by the employer.

We are working hard to bring you the best possible deal.

We are asking our BEST members to show their solidarity and wear a “Working for you at SFU buttons” to remind each of the SFU campus communities at Burnaby Mountain, Harbour Centre and Surrey of the important and valuable work that you do for them. There has been some confusion on whether or not you are permitted to wear this button on your work uniforms.  You are indeed permitted to wear this button as a show of support for your Bargaining Committee.  We would encourage you to wear this button. 

If you have questions or want more information, please contact the union office at 778-782-5494 or email memberservices@cupe3338.ca, or contact President Fiona Brady Lenfesty at president@cupe3338.ca.

We care about the valuable work you do and are here to support you. The Union is working very hard to get a good contract for you all and we appreciate the support.