November 19, 2012
VANCOUVER – Workers in community health continued limited job action last week, with over 60 BCGEU members picketing in Cranbrook on Wednesday. Over 200 union members were impacted by the strike at the Cranbrook Health Unit and Cranbrook Home Support.
Striking workers want to send a message to health employers and to the BC Liberal government: it’s time for a fair deal.
Workers in community health are among the lowest paid workers in the public sector, and haven’t had a pay raise since 2009.
Having been without a contract since January, the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) decided to act on the strike mandate because HEABC continues to hold the position that an increase in wages must be accompanied by an offset found within the collective agreement. Limited job action commenced November 8 with pickets up for one day at RainCity Housing and Support Society and Lookout Emergency Aid Society in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
“Workers need respect and compensation that reflects their contribution to our communities. It’s time to send a strong message to the government. Our members deserve a fair deal now,” says Pat Taylor, CUPE bargaining committee member.
It is important to remember that if your employer is to be targeted you will be advised of that plan by the union.
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.