November 1, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) has reviewed the employer’s latest offer and has determined that there is no reason to return to the bargaining table at this time.
HEABC continues to hold the position that an increase in wages must be accompanied by an offset found within the collective agreement.
Given that there has been no change in the employer’s position, the CBA has decided to take action in order to make progress. Limited job action will commence on Wednesday, November 7th and will coincide with a rally in downtown Vancouver the same day.
“Nothing has changed since our last meeting with HEABC, so our next step is to commence job action,” says CUPE bargaining committee member, Pat Taylor. “Over 14,000 Community Health and Support workers have been waiting for a deal since January. This is simply not good enough; our members deserve a fair deal.”
CUPE represents approximately 500 members in the CBA which has over 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Other Unions at the table are UFCW, HEU, HSA, and USWA.