Thank you once again for your extraordinary show of solidarity and support, our 98% strike vote strengthened our position at the bargaining table.
With this strong mandate, the CUPE 1816 Negotiating Committee met with the Employer on April 18 and 19. We have not yet reached an agreement, however, we are making ourselves available for bargaining on evenings and weekends as we recognize the importance of ratifying our Collective Agreement.
Confirmed dates for future talks are:
- May 9
- May 16
- May 17
- June 7
- June 8
The Employer has made an application to the Labour Board to make some of the job duties in BC Life an essential service. The Union and the Employer will be bargaining this issue. If we are unable to resolve this matter we will go to the Labour Board to mediate. Once the outcome is determined, we will be in a legal position to serve 72-hour strike notice.
We will continue to keep you updated regarding the essential service status and possible job action as things progress.
Your Negotiating Committee:
• Beth Miller
• Roger Pearce
• Anna Torgerson
• Tracey Harston
• Christine Johnson
• James Richardson — National CUPE Representative