Members Update for January 2016

Executive Report

At the January 12th Membership Meeting per the by-laws, nominations were held for the following members of the Executive were acclaimed for a second term:

  • Vice President – Gary Parker
  • Communication Officer – Dennis Donnelly
  • Streets – Michael Lupo
  • PNE – Melissa Chambers
  • EasyPark – Sharon Chu

The Executive is excited to continue to do the work it has been doing and is looking forward to strengthening our Local.

Our Secretary Treasurer, Brother Frank Lee has been elected to be a General Vice President of CUPE BC. We are incredibly proud of Frank and know he will do an excellent job advocating for CUPE members around the Province and be a strong ambassador for 1004.

The City & Parks Bargaining Committee had a second day at the table with the Employer and has begun to work on addressing proposals. The Committee will have a third day tomorrow and have scheduled four days for February and early March. An update will be sent to City and Parks members. The Committee had a full day of training with over 70 CUPE leaders from each municipal CUPE local Bargaining Committee from across the Lower Mainland. Regional priorities were discussed and information was shared. Dedicated bargaining coordination meetings with CUPE 15 & 391 are underway and will ensure we share updates and work on common concerns.

The Portland Hotel Society had its bargaining proposals ratified by its members at meetings on January 13 and we have now given formal notice to bargain with the PHS. The Joint CUPE 1004/1936 Bargaining Committee will be in discussion with the employer about next steps and setting dates to get to the table.

Unit Highlights

Sanitation

Our members concerns with the Labour Adjustment Plan have been brought to the employer and a draft of the revised proposal will be brought to the membership soon.

Streets

Brother Ryan Petrin has been elected as a Steward for the Branch. The Local has resolved three Bridge Crew and an OT grievances and will be adding resources to work on the backlog of other outstanding grievances.

Sewers

The Local has won a significant promotion grievance getting our member posted to a Sub-Forman III position. The Branch Manager will be sharing the 2016 metrics with the Local in a meeting next week. OT and call out policies are still being worked on with management. The Local will have a booth at the AGM on Feb. 4th.

Waterworks

The Local is preparing for our Pump Mechanic Arbitration which has dates set for April. Steward and our BA continue to work on outstanding grievances. President Andrew Ledger and Unit Chair Paul Baratta will be visiting crews on Jan. 29.

EQS

Amy Sidwell has been hired as the new Branch Manager. Issues with parts delivery timelines and cost mark up are emerging following VSR’s reorganization of the warehouses.

Parks

The Local is seeing some minimal improvements in grievance response timelines. Just before Christmas, a senior terminated member was brought back to work after the Local was able to successfully argue that the level of discipline was unwarranted and inappropriate. Serious OH&S issues at REFM continue to be followed up on. New Stewards have stepped up for Jericho and in REFM for Asphalt /Drainage and Structures/Welding.

PNE

A demotion grievance was recently won and this win will have implications to multiple other live cases of a similar nature. Concerns about WCB rate of pay have been corrected. OH&S Committee has identified serious hazards in both work yards that will now be looked into.

PHS

The Local has set dates in June to go to arbitration for a terminated employee. A grievance has been filed regarding changes to the Wellness Program due to the PHS changing the way it supports staff suffering from addiction issues.

Kwantlen Faculty Association

A job description review will be done for our members in the near future.

 

In solidarity,

Andrew Ledger