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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.

Still Waiting for a Contract

Written by jan. Posted in News, Uncategorized

January 29, 2013


Your Union is ready and waiting to return to the bargaining table — all we need is someone from SFU to sit down and negotiate. However, we have yet to hear from the university about when they are willing to return to
the bargaining table.

The university administration had said it wanted to wait for the outcome of our “bargaining in bad faith” case before continuing bargaining. That ruling came down a week ago, with the LRB agreeing with us that SFU
engaged in unfair labour practices by keeping the pension plan tied to our bargaining.

The LRB issued its decision Monday Jan. 21, finding that “the University’s attempt to keep the Pension Plan on the bargaining table is a breach of Sections 11 and 47 of the Code”.

With that blockage removed, CUPE 3338 is ready to return to the table. After nearly three years without a contract, we have no other outstanding bargaining issues preventing us from settling a new collective agreement
in line with every other CUPE staffed university in the province.

Today we sent a letter to the university administration asking when we can expect to return to the bargaining table.

Lynne Fowler,
CUPE 3338 President.

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.





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