Changes to sick leave aggregation: Information meetings for CUPE members

Written by Dave Chokroun. Posted in News

The University has announced changes to the Protocol for Application and Operation of Sick Leave Aggregation, effective October 1, 2017. We understand that some of you have questions about these changes and how they may affect you. 

Due to some of the feedback and inquiries we have received from members, the Union will be holding our own Q and A sessions for CUPE members only, at all three campuses. Union officers will be available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. These meetings are for CUPE members only.

Tuesday, November 14: Harbour Centre 2200, 12:30-1:30pm

Wednesday, November 15: Surrey Campus 5320, 12:30-1:30

Monday, November 20: Burnaby Campus, Bennett Library 7200, 12:30-1:30

If you would like to ask specific questions or discuss issues confidentially, please feel free to contact Business Agent John Bannister at 778-782-4433 / businessagent@cupe3338.ca, or President Fiona Brady Lenfesty at president@cupe3338.ca.

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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