Pacific Blue Cross Annual General Meeting

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PACIFIC BLUE CROSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
DECEMBER 13, 2017

The much-awaited and much-anticipated AGM is almost here!  Just two more sleeps and we, CUPE 1816 members – with the invaluable help of CUPE BC and CUPE National – are finally going to have the opportunity to exercise our democratic right to elect a progressive board of directors that respects its own workers (list of these members is attached).

In response to concerns about the holiday season date, the suppertime hour and the downtown location of the AGM, CUPE has arranged for transportation and food.

There will be buses leaving Pacific Blue Cross and the PNE every half hour from 2:30 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 13.  In addition, there will be a CUPE Shuttle running from Waterfront station to the Westin Bayshore for those who choose to take transit.  If you are taking a bus from the PNE, you can park your car for free in Lot 9B (there is a link to the pdf map).

If you choose to carpool to the Westin Bayshore Hotel (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver)  there is paid parking across the street at the Bayshore lot and in the surrounding area.

Registration is from 3-6 pm, at which time the AGM begins. It is imperative that you bring your PBC benefit ID card (the same card used to pick up a prescription, printable at the CARESnet website) and your photo ID when you register.  You will not be allowed to vote if you do not have these items with you.

CUPE BC will be hosting a registration room where you can have something to eat and sign up to win a prize while waiting to attend this important meeting.

The election portion of the meeting should be quite short, and everyone who arrived by bus will be returned to the point of pickup following the conclusion of the meeting.

Special Resolution to Remove PBC Board Members Not Up For Re-election

Pacific Blue Cross,
4250 Canada Way,
Burnaby, BC
V5G 4W6

 

To: Secretary, Pacific Blue Cross Society

Pursuant to Bylaw 5.16 of the PBC Health Benefits Society Bylaws, as the undersigned member of PBC Health Benefits Society, I hereby propose seven special resolutions to be considered at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the PBC Health Benefits Society, as follows:

  1. Resolution removing Malcolm Williamson as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Malcolm Williamson be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing Mark Schonfeld as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Mark Schonfeld be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing Richard Taylor as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Richard Taylor be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing John Fitzpatrick as a Director of the Society

 “WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT John Fitzpatrick be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing Colleen Jordan as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Colleen Jordan be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing Mary Laplante as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Mary Laplante be removed as a Director of the Society.”

  1. Resolution removing Robert Wallis as a Director of the Society

“WHEREAS the PBC Health Benefits Society (the “Society”) is a not-for-profit society and not a corporation;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, operated as a values-based organization, whose strategy for providing quality services to its customers centred the well-being of its employees;

AND WHEREAS the Society has, in the past, had strong relationships with the unions whose members receive benefits through and are members of the Society, to the mutual benefit of the Society and these members;

AND WHEREAS members of the current Board of Directors have abandoned these values and relationship by allowing senior management team to prioritize profit over respectful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relations with the Society’s employees;

AND WHEREAS the members of the Society wish the Society to return to its values-based approach prioritizing quality service and employee well-being;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Robert Wallis be removed as a Director of the Society.”

Myths and Facts II – The World According to Jan

 

July 25, 2017

CUPE 1816 and Pacific Blue Cross

Myths and Facts II – The World According to Jan

On July 17, Pacific Blue Cross President and CEO Jan Grude wrote a letter to Ms. Diane L. Wood, president of the BC Federation of Retired Union Members. The letter, which purported to clarify several issues related to the labour dispute, included several inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and half-truths:

Myth: “Pacific Blue Cross did not lock out our employees.”

Fact: On June 30, PBC’s Vice-President of Human Resources, Rob Chiarello wrote an e-mail to all bargaining unit members, saying the following: “If the union decides to pull a staff member, the duration of the leave will be for the remainder of the week.” According to Section 1 of the BC Labour Relations Code, a “lockout” is defined as follows:

closing a place of employment, a suspension of work or a refusal by an employer to continue to employ a number of his or her employees, done to compel his or her employees or to aid another employer to compel his or her employees to agree to conditions of employment

Mr. Chiarello’s e-mail made clear that the Employer was suspending work in order to compel employees to agree to the Employer’s conditions of employment. Since June 30, the Employer has never retreated from its position that any member who participates in job action will be locked out until the following week.

Myth: “As this is CUPE’s choice and not that of management to be absent from work, we consider this to be strike action.”

Fact: Further to the above, it should be noted that it was the Employer that insisted on an all-or-nothing approach to this labour dispute, and not “CUPE’s choice”. As well, the Employer’s decision to impose unilateral changes to existing conditions of employment—such as by cancelling sick time, flex time and family responsibility leave, and by refusing to collect and remit union dues or recognize seniority in promotions—can only be seen as a deliberate attempt by the Employer to provoke the union on the one hand while denying responsibility for the resulting job action on the other.

Myth: “Current retiree benefits are not sustainable.”

Fact: Current service costs for all retiree benefits for CUPE members amount to less than two per cent of total payroll. The changes sought by PBC amount to less than one per cent of total payroll in savings.

Myth: CUPE 1816 is not willing to bargain while PBC is.

Fact: CUPE 1816 is willing to bargain, and has bargained extensively since September 2016. This round of negotiations has been driven by Employer demands for concessions, and the Employer has not presented a case to justify the concessions it is seeking to our members’ retiree benefits. CUPE 1816 is prepared to bargain as soon as the Employer is prepared to modify its position on retiree benefits. There has been no contact from the Employer regarding bargaining since July 7.

Myth: PBC is transparent in its negotiations with CUPE 1816.

Fact: In claiming that PBC is in financial difficulty, Grude claims in his letter that the Financial Institutions Commission expects PBC to reverse “the trend” of its operating losses. When asked to produce documentation to substantiate this claim, the Employer has thus far refused.

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