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Local 3338 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees represents over 1200 workers, mainly at SFU campuses. Our diverse membership is spread among 7 Bargaining Units, with 7 different employers.

SFU Guilty of Bad Faith Bargaining

Written by jan. Posted in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        January 22, 2013

SFU Guilty of Bad Faith Bargaining

 

VANCOUVER – The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that Simon Fraser University is guilty of bad faith bargaining against its 1,000 CUPE support workers.  The decision that SFU breached the BC Labour Code was handed down yesterday afternoon.

 

The members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3338 have been without a contract for close to three years. SFU is the only university in the province that has not negotiated in good faith to a new collective agreement with its CUPE support workers.

 

The bad faith bargaining decision refers to university attempts to tie CUPE bargaining for a collective agreement to fixing problems the university has with its pension plan (reportedly more than $64.5 million in the red). The decision by the BC Labour Relations Board concludes that “the university’s attempt to keep the Pension Plan on the bargaining table at this time is a breach of…the Code.”

 

“In light of this decision, we look forward to getting back to the bargaining table – this time for a contract,” says CUPE BC universities coordinator Tracy Mathieson. “Our calendars are open and we are ready to meet.”

 

CUPE 3338 president Lynne Fowler says the decision “is a vindication for our members and our bargaining committee – we have waited too long for a contract – that’s the message to SFU in this decision.”

 

The SFU Pension Plan is a multi-party plan that can only be changed by all the participants, including other unions and staff associations.  Those players all pulled out of pension talks late last year saying they would only discuss the pension once they had negotiated collective agreements. CUPE has repeatedly assured SFU that it will do everything it can to help the university out of its pension crisis – but only after collective bargaining has concluded and only with the other plan participants.

 

CUPE 3338 members at SFU include clerical workers, computer operators, library assistants, technicians, lifeguards, financial aid advisors, building technologists, programmer analysts, buyers, stores clerks, information specialists, control clerks, department resource specialists, maintenance schedulers and programmers.

 

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Contact:

Lynne Fowler, CUPE 3338 President:  778.782.5704

Tracy Mathieson, CUPE BC Universities Coordinator:  604.671.4777

Murray Bush, CUPE National Communications Representative:  778.554.2234

 

Striking workers give SFU president ‘final offer’

Written by jan. Posted in News

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

December 6, 201

 

Striking workers give SFU president ‘final offer’

BURNABYSupport workers at Simon Fraser University have delivered a ‘final offer to settle’ to SFU president Andrew Petter. The 1,000 CUPE support workers have been without a contract for 2 ½ years and SFU is the only university in the province that has not negotiated in good faith to a new collective agreement.

 Despite the union’s efforts, the university has repeatedly refused to negotiate with CUPE Local 3338.  The administration clings to the position that CUPE must somehow fix the ailing SFU Pension Plan ($64.5 million in the hole at last count) before it is willing to negotiate a collective agreement with its CUPE employees.

 The SFU Pension Plan is a multi-party plan that could only be changed by all the players, including ASPA, Poly Party and CUPE.  Those players pulled out of pension talks last week saying they will only discuss the pension once they have negotiated collective agreements.  CUPE has repeatedly assured SFU that it will do everything it can to help the university out of its pension crisis – but only after collective bargaining has concluded and only with the other pension plan participants.

 CUPE 3338 is seeking a contract in line with those reached at UBC, UNBC, Royal Roads, UVic and Thompson Rivers. CUPE locals at those universities negotiated four-year, no concessions deals with two per cent wage increases in each of the final two years. BC colleges have reached a similar tentative agreement at the provincial level that is now being finalized by CUPE locals at North Island College, Camosun, College of the Rockies, College of New Caledonia and Vancouver Island University.

CUPE has filed a bad faith bargaining complaint against SFU and a hearing has been set for Dec. 17-19 before the BC Labour Relations Board.  The local says it will now give the SFU administration time to study its offer to settle and will hold off on further strike/ job action until the new year.

CUPE 3338 members at SFU include clerical workers, computer operators, library assistants, technicians, lifeguards, financial aid advisors, building technologists, programmer analysts, buyers, stores clerks, information specialists, control clerks, department resource specialists, maintenance schedulers and programmers.

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Contact:
Lynne Fowler, CUPE 3338 President:  604.319.5821
Fiona Brady Lenfesty, CUPE 3338 Vice-president:  604.763.6701

Murray Bush, CUPE National Communications Representative:  778.554.2234