CUPE 1004 stands in solidarity with injured traffic control worker

VANCOUVER — On behalf of the 3500 members of CUPE Local 1004, including the outside workers of the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board, we send our most sincere condolences to the construction flagger who was viciously attacked and run over yesterday in Burnaby.

We have the utmost respect for the important work that our traffic control workers do. They put themselves in harm’s way day in and day out so that our members can do the important infrastructure work that the citizens of Vancouver depend on.

Because of the front line work our traffic control colleagues perform, CUPE members are safer and get to go home to our families every day.

We are pleased to see that the RCMP is pursuing this case and expect that the suspect will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. With construction season upon us we encourage all drivers to slow down and obey the laws in construction zones so all workers stay safe.

In solidarity with all traffic control workers,

Gary Parker
Vice President CUPE 1004

Andrew Ledger
President CUPE 1004

Simon Challenger
President CUPE 23

CUPE1004 Mourns Passing of Brother Doug McNicol

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the tragic passing of Brother Doug McNicol. Doug bravely fought a strong fight against cancer for the past two years. On November 18th, the battle ended and our Brother Doug passed away.

Doug became a member of the Local’s Executive in the mid 1980’s and went on to work for many years as a CUPE 1004 Business Agent. He came from the shop floor, in the City’s Sanitation Branch. He served the Local and its members for over 20 years. Doug took a strong leadership role in collective bargaining and a number of significant arbitrations. The legacy he has left our members is extraordinary.

CUPE 1004 members know Doug brought passion, energy and tenacity to the work of the Union. A Brother, a leader and mentor to many and a friend to all – that is what Doug’s life was all about.

Doug leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 41 years Lurene, and his beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Jacqulin, and grandchildren Robbie and Sadie.

There will be a celebration of Doug’s life on December 3rd at 2:00pm and will be held at the PNE in the Pacific Room (west side of the Coliseum).

Free parking will be available through Gate 6 off Renfrew Street.  (Click here for detailed map and directions).

In solidarity,

Andrew Ledger
President, Local 1004

Arborists saving eaglets

CBC Canada news writer, Rafferty Baker, reported on September 20, 2016, that “Vancouver city workers repair pathetic eagle’s nest“. The article discusses the work that the arborists, who are CUPE 1004 members, have done in terms of building a nest, and fixing it to save the young eaglets from falling out of the nest. The article also mentions how Jody Taylor, who was an arborist that passed away in a tragic work accident earlier this year, was also a part of the eagle’s nest project.

The local recognizes the work that our members put into supporting our communities and thanks them!

Full article here:

Brian Day – Supreme Court Challenge Rally

Memo from CUPE BC

Date:  September 2, 2016          
To: All CUPE BC Lower Mainland Local Presidents
From: Paul Faoro, President
RE: Brian Day - Supreme Court Challenge Rally
 Dear CUPE members,
This year’s Labour Day celebrations will barely be over before we face a significant challenge that affects us all.
On Tuesday morning, September 6, the BC Supreme Court will finally begin to hear the court challenge of our Medicare system launched by health care privateer Dr. Brian Day—an unprecedented Charter challenge that could remove the laws that ensure Canadians’ access to health care is based on need and not wealth.
The BC Health Coalition is asking for as many people as possible to show up outside the BC Supreme Court building (corner of Nelson at Hornby Street, downtown Vancouver) on Tuesday morning, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Apologies for the short notice, as this request just came in this afternoon.
This groundbreaking case is likely to go on for several months, so let’s pack the courtroom and defend public health care!
In solidarity,
Paul Faoro
 CUPE BC, President
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1004 supporting MoveUp members

The BC Nurses Union (BCNU) has locked out their administrative staff, members of MoveUp. These members have been locked out for the last 44 days. CUPE 1004 executive members, Andy Healey, Frank Lee, Andrew Ledger, and Sarah Carrier joined the MoveUp members on the picket line today, along with other CUPE members from around the region.

We stand in solidarity with these members, and will continue to support them through this unjust lockout.

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In the photo: CUPE 1004 executive members, with CUPE BC president, Paul Faoro, and MoveUp president, David Black. (photo credit: Daniel Gawthrop)

Members Update: September


Sept. 2016

Executive Report

CUPE Local 1004 has worked with the City to expand Sanitation stressing cleaning and street litter services, convert Temporary Full-time members to Full-time, and avoid any layoffs through a comprehensive Labour Adjustment Plan (LAP). Multi-Materials BC (MMBC) will be taking over responsibility for recycling in the City of Vancouver at the beginning of October.  The LAP is a real win in the wake of this loss.

Over the last month President Andrew Ledger and Vice President Gary Parker worked daily with our members and pushed management to ensure all Sanitation Branch members had the best possible landing spot in line with seniority.

Aug 11- Ledger and Parker meet with City to lay out the plan for the LAP.

Aug 12 – Members who selected to leave the Branch were advised of their opportunities in other Branches and give time to make the decision.

Aug 15-16 – A “dry run” of the LAP selection was conducted to give members an idea of where their seniority would place them in the Branch with all the newly-created positions.

Aug 17 – Members leaving the Branch made their final decision to either stay in Sanitation or move to another Branch.

Aug 18 – Preparations were made for a collections board reset.

Aug 22 – Crew talks took place with all members to update.

Aug 23 – All Regular Full-time members in Green Bin & Garbage collections conducted a board reset based on Branch seniority.

Aug 24-26 – Crew talks continued twice a day to answer questions.

Aug 29 – Entire Branch takes part in the final LAP placement and all members select postings and positions based on Branch seniority.

The members who selected to leave Sanitation Branch will remain in the Branch until October 3rd and then transfer as follows:

Streets  –  2 Operations Worker II positions
Waterworks  –  4 Operations Worker II positions
Sewers  –  7 Operations Worker II positions
Transfer and Landfill  –  7 Operations Worker II positions & 1 EO IVb

Sanitation members who move to another Branch are entitled to 6 months wage protection, and then port their seniority to the new Branch after 6 months, in line with the Collective Agreement.

The Local would like to thank all Sanitation members for their input and patience.  And of course, we recognize the contribution of all members, our stewards, local staff and the Executive in supporting Sanitation members. This has been an enormous transition in the Branch and it is because our members worked together that we were able to accomplish this Branch restructure.

Steward meetings will begin again in September.

CUPE 1004 stewards at the June 2016 steward appreciation BBQ
Labour Day 2016  – Please join members of CUPE 1004’s Executive at the Labour Day Celebration on September 5 at Swangard Stadium:  Click here for Labour Day Celebration details

Unit Highlights

Sanitation – LAP completed.

Streets – We continue to work on accommodation issues in the Branch and have brought this issue to the central Labour Management Meeting with the Deputy Director, Engineering.  We are close to resolving a number of promotion (non-selection) grievances. .The Local brought a terminated member back to work through a positive grievance settlement.

Sewers – The Local just won a promotion grievance for a flusher truck position. We are happy that a large group of TFT employees have been extended through to November. 26, which will give these members seniority and recall rights.

Waterworks – A number of overtime grievances have been filed and are in the process of being resolved.  The Trades I Water Meter Mechanic arbitration will continue on October 18.

EQS – An afternoon shift unit meeting was held with Executive member Frank Warwick. Concerns about the impact of the recycling fleet no longer being in service was discussed at the August LMM.  The Branch has been assured that new vehicles will be coming to replace the recycling fleet and EQS will not see a loss of work.

Parks – The Local has met with HR and Parks management and discussed timeline problems with our 20+ outstanding grievances in Parks.  We are anticipating that we will see responses from management on a number of grievances in the weeks to come.

PNE – The Fair is on and we encourage our members to bring their friends and families to this great event.  We have taken a promotion grievance to step IV and are awaiting the employer’s response. The Local is in discussions with the living wage campaign about how it could affect our members at the PNE and Playland.

EasyPark – On August 8 the Local held a ratification meeting where our members voted in favour of the bargaining committee’s proposals.  Bargaining begins on September 8 and updates will be sent to members as the process develops.

PHS – Collective Bargaining will continue on September 15 & 16 with further dates scheduled in October.  A number of grievances have been filed in relation to protecting our bargaining unit work, probationary employees having union representation during discipline and termination meetings, and the PHS’s changes to the employee wellness program.  New Stewards Akeena Legall and Tuesday Andrich will be coming to your worksite on September 16 to give Union updates and answer questions.

Kwantlen Faculty Association – National Rep Bill Pegler and Business Agent Hasan Alam have met with our members to discuss priorities for our upcoming round of collective bargaining.

Capilano Students Union – All members took part in a successful unit meeting that was attended by Local President Andrew Ledger.

In solidarity,

Andrew Ledger
President CUPE 1004

Membership Meeting
Tues. Sept. 13, 5-7pm @ Maritime Labour Centre (MLC) 111 Victoria Drive, Vanc.
Stewards Meeting
Tues, Sept 20 1-3 pm @ MLC

PHS member, Ryan Quast in art show

Andrew Ledger with Ryan Quast artCUPE 1004 steward, Ryan Quast, from the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) was featured by the Georgia Straight in an article released on August 31, 2016. The article, Ryan Quast turns humble objects into high art, highlights his artistic style and shares details of his art show called Ryan Quast: Everyday Living is on until September 10 at Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP).
The featured photo shows the local’s president, Andrew Ledger, holding his own piece of Ryan Quast’s work.
Great (art) work, Ryan!