Bargaining Update #5: Time for Job Action!

On May 9, 2017 the Negotiating Committee mediated with the Employer and their legal counsel at the Labour Board. The Union was faced with two options — to either negotiate essential services or schedule a future trial date that would further delay job action.

You have been very vocal about the fact that you don’t want any further delays and we heard you loud and clear. We understand and share your frustration with the length of time it is taking to reach a fair Collective Agreement.

As a result, we decided to negotiate the essential services which allowed the Union to serve 72-hour strike notice and advise the Employer we would be commencing job action this weekend. We also informed the Employer that there will be no further bargaining dates until the concessions are off the table. The Employer initially wanted 36 positions to be designated as essential, but we agreed to the following: 

  • 12 Disability Adjudication Specialists (DAS) 
  • 12 Disability Case Management Specialists (DCMS) 
  • 1 Supervisor

This understanding was made on a without prejudice basis which means that it does not establish BC Life as an essential service in future disputes.


May 13
Overtime Ban
Members are prohibited from working overtime

May 15
Five-day workweek = 7.00-hour days
Four-day workweek = 8.75-hour days

We want to thank you again for your dedication and support during this time.

Your CUPE 1816 Negotiating Committee:

  • Beth Miller
  • Roger Pearce
  • Anna Torgerson
  • Tracey Harston
  • Christine Johnson
  • James Richardson — CUPE National Representative

Be sure to check out our new Twitter account @cupe1816 for updates and the latest news.