CUPE mourns Local 1004 member killed on the job

CUPE mourns Local 1004 member killed on the job

VANCOUVER – CUPE 1004 and the entire CUPE family are mourning the death of Jody Taylor, a 43 year-old arborist for the Vancouver Park Board who died yesterday while on the job in Connaught Park doing the work he loved.

IMG_2172CUPE 1004 President Andrew Ledger joined Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Manager Sadhu Johnston, Park Board Manager Malcolm Bromley, and Park Board Commissioner John Coupar at a press briefing this morning at City Hall to express condolences to Brother Taylor’s family, friends and co-workers affected by this terrible event.

“On April 28, Canadians mourn workers killed on the job. It is my unfortunate duty to add Jody Taylor’s name to this year’s list,” said Ledger.

“CUPE 1004 and the entire CUPE family express our deepest condolences to Jody’s family, friends and co-workers—particularly the crew members who were with him when this tragedy unfolded.”

Ledger noted that Jody, who leaves behind a 10 year-old daughter, was a much- loved public employee and a dedicated arborist who for 16 years took daily pride in keeping Vancouver’s parks, playgrounds and boulevards “not only beautiful but safe for the citizens of our city.”

Ledger said that CUPE 1004 is actively involved in the investigation of this workplace fatality.

“When workers get up in the morning and go to work, we expect to come home alive at the end of the day,” he concluded. “Tragically, this did not happen for our brother Jody. CUPE 1004 commits to redoubling our efforts to ensure that workplace safety is our highest priority.”

Coworkers raise support for Jody

The Story

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Jody Taylor. He tragically lost his life due to a work related accident on March 31st 2016. At work he was very well liked and respected by all around him so we are all completely devastated by this tragic event.

Jody’s number one priority in life was his 10 year old daughter Tristen. Their father daughter relationship was very special. You only need to look at Jody’s Facebook collection of photos of the two of them together to see the mutual adoration and love they shared. As Jody’s friends we are devastated for Tristen and the family. Thankfully Tristen will be surrounded by her loving family during this difficult time.

Funds will be directed toward Tristen’s education, ensuring that she will be able to continue her pathway toward a bright future, one that her father would undoubtedly want her to have.

Any donations will be gratefully accepted…

Sincerely,

Harry Kettmann, Jody’s friend and colleague at the Vancouver Park Board on behalf of the Taylor family.

Please donate:

City & Parks: Bargaining Update #3

City of Vancouver &
Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation

BARGAINING UPDATE #3 

March 11, 2016

The CUPE 1004 City and Parks Bargaining Committee is unanimously recommending a Memorandum of Settlement, signed by your Bargaining Committee early this morning with the City of Vancouver.

A ratification meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on March 30, 2016 at the Maritime Labour Centre 111 Victoria Dr. Vancouver B.C.

Detailed information about the Memorandum will be available at the ratification meeting and copies will be made available for members prior to our electronic ratification process.

CUPE 1004 Bylaws provide that our ratification vote will take place online. CUPE 1004 uses simply voting, you will receive information about voting shortly.  Voting will be open from March 31 – April 7.

We will be reporting the results of the vote on Friday April 8th at noon.

Your Bargaining Committee is:

  • Gary Parker
  • Michael Lupo
  • Paul Baratta
  • Bonnie Lynn Duncan
  • Shawn Philley
  • Filipe De Menezes
  • Staff: Karen Kindrid
  • National Rep: Bill Pegler
  • President: Andrew Ledger

In Solidarity,

Andrew Ledger
CUPE 1004 President

Feature: Stacey Forrester in the Georgia Straight

On March 2, 2016, a CUPE 1004 member from the Portland Hotel Society was featured in an article by the Georgia Straight as one of the 6 noteworthy feminists battling gender bias in Vancouver.

The article says:

Stacey (PHS)

Stacey Forrester

Downtown Eastside nurse Forrester is the Vancouver coordinator for Hollaback!, an international group that aims to end street harassment of women. Since joining the organization in 2015, she has led a number of local campaigns that give harassed women a voice while bringing attention to the sexism and prejudice facing women in public spaces. Forrester is also the cofounder of Good Night Out Vancouver, a grassroots campaign that targets harassment in pubs, bars, and clubs in order to make Vancouver’s nightlife scene safer for everyone.

Stacey Forrester combats public harassment as part of Hollaback Vancouver and Good Night Out Vancouver.

More details can be found at: http://www.straight.com/news/648746/6-noteworthy-feminists-battling-gender-bias-vancouver

 

Great work Stacey!

Feature: CUPE 1004 supports Melanie Mark

History was made during the last provincial by-election. In the Mount Pleasant riding, Melanie Mark was elected, and she is the first indigenous woman to be elected to British Columbia’s legislature! Melanie has deep roots in the community and is dedicated to working to address the issues for this riding, while representing the BC NDP’s.Andy Healey (PHS)

One of CUPE 1004’s member’s, Andy Healey, who regularly works at the Portland Hotel Society and was booked off by the local for one month to dedicate his time to helping Melanie Mark’s NDP campaign. Some amazing things that Andy was able to coordinate include coordinating in the Downtown Eastside on election day, hundreds of unregistered voters had a chance to access democracy in the historic by-election. This is just a part of the great things that he was able to do to help the campaign.

Thank you Andy for your hard work and dedication!

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

Feature: Ryan Petrin working with United Way

For three months a CUPE 1004 member, Ryan Petrin, was booked off from his regular duties at the City of Vancouver as a Streets member, to work on the United Way campaign. Over the months Ryan would travel around the Metro Vancouver area helping to coordinate United Way community programs, give speeches to a variety of events, develop information materials, as well as share the message behind what United Way does.

Ryan has worked with the City for a number of years now and is a young worker, job steward, and union activist.

Ryan -Thanks for all of your hard work!

Ryan Petrin (Streets)

Feature: Toy drive success!

treescape2(room)Tony Cheng, a worker for the City of Vancouver engineering department, has gone over and above his good deeds for the year. He organized a toy drive this holiday season to help children of low-income families in the Metro Vancouver area to enjoy Christmas morning. The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau sent the local a letter thanking everyone for their donations. With the collective power of this local, 228 toys and $750 in Superstore gift cards were raised.

Thank you Tony for all of your hard work!