Bargaining Update #3: Concessions Still on the Table, Union Sets Date for Strike Vote

While there has been some movement off its original concessionary plan, the Employer has returned to the bargaining table with outstanding concessions on Extended Health, Paramedicals, Vision, and Retiree benefits — prompting your Union to schedule a strike vote at the next Membership meeting.

CUPE 1816 agreed to new bargaining dates of March 24 and 27 when the Employer indicated Pacific Blue Cross had some “creative” solutions to the contract impasse. However, in the framework for settlement the Employer tabled on Monday, the key concessions were still in the package.

“After several months of waiting to see a reasonable and equitable settlement proposal, we are disappointed the Employer continues to expect us to give up what we have already bargained for current and future employees,” said CUPE 1816 President Beth Miller.

“The Negotiating Committee feels it has been more than patient in trying to reach solutions on the financials, but our members have become very concerned about the erosion of benefits this package represents.”

In addition to the concessions, said Miller, the Employer’s framework calls for no general wage increases for the first two years of the agreement. Subsequent increases of 1.5 and 1.5 (to be implemented on August 1, 2018 and 2019, respectively) are below the rate of inflation.

No future bargaining dates have been scheduled.

CUPE 1816 has scheduled an April 12 Membership meeting (in lieu of April 11) to provide an update on bargaining and to conduct a strike vote.


DATE: April 12
TIME: 5:00 pm – doors open at 4:15
The International Union of Operating Engineers Hall
4333 Ledger Avenue
Burnaby BC

Children are welcome. We are counting on your support!!

Your Negotiating Committee
Beth Miller, Roger Pearce, Tracey Harston, Anna Torgerson