[October 12, 2007 03:28 PM]
Tentative agreement to be voted on by union on Sunday
VANCOUVER - CUPE 1004 President Mike Jackson is proud to announce that his bargaining committee and the City of Vancouver met today and reached a tentative agreement which will be voted on by union members on Sunday.
"We are pleased to announce that we had a productive session with the employer today and have successfully tweaked Foley's recommendations," says CUPE 1004 President Mike Jackson. "The result is a tentative agreement we can recommend to our members."
The parties agreed to improved benefit coverage in a number of areas: accupuncture coverage, increased vision care coverage from $300 to $450, benefit coverage to begin after first month of employment rather than after first six months.
There were a number of other adjustments to Foley's recommendations:
- A joint committee to address the assignment of overtime was established.
- The Olympic partnership agreement was adjusted to include an expedited dispute resolution process and system for assigning Olympic work.
- Areas of feasibility (horticulture, golf courses, sanitation) were identified for the compressed work week committee.
- Return to work agreement includes extention of time limit to return from 10 days to 14 days.
- grievances will no longer be deemed abandoned after 90 days
CUPE 1004 represents Vancouver's 2,000 outside workers. They have been on strike since July 19, 2007.
For more information, please contact:
Mike Jackson, CUPE 1004 President, 778-908-8070
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, 778-229-0258
After two days of discussion, the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with CUPE 1004 representing the City’s outside workers. The agreement is consistent with the recommendations of mediator Brian Foley.
CUPE 1004 will vote on Sunday, and the executive of 1004 will recommend adoption.Details of the agreement will be not discussed until after the vote.
The numbers are the same as inside workers and other municipalities settled for -- 17 and a half per cent over five years, but the union says the city has agreed to benefit improvements and some other contract language adjustments.
Improved benefits include acupuncture and increased vision care coverage with benefits beginning after the first month of employment.
A committee is being struck to address the issue of assigned overtime, which previously was without a system.
And the Olympic partnership agreement has been adjusted to also include a system for assigning Olympic work and an expedited dispute resolution process.
Outside workers also won't have to return to work for 14 days following a contract settlement, rather than the current 10...that's because many took other employment in the private sector and will have to give notice.
Workers will vote to ratify that tentative deal Sunday and the union will recommend adoption.
As far as Cupe 391 representing library workers goes, the library will be responding to a proposal received from the union this morning and will be looking for a response in return, so those two parties appear they may be making some headway as well.
Frances Bula, Vancouver SunPublished: Friday, October 12, 2007
It took negotiators for striking outside workers and the City of Vancouver just over an hour this afternoon to come up with a tentative agreement, which could mean garbage pickup resumes Monday or Tuesday.
"I am relieved," said Mike Jackson, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1004, which represents the 2,000 people who collect garbage, maintain parks, and repair streets and sewers. They have been on strike for almost three months.
Jackson admitted the deal doesn't improve the money compensation that was set out by mediator Brian Foley in resolutions package, but it does adjust the language to provide employees with more certainty about benefits and dispute-resolution issues.
The union executive will be recommending that members accept the deal when they vote Sunday.
The outside workers had been in a bad bargaining position since their last vote Tuesday, when the 1,200 members who showed up to cast ballots were 58 per cent in favour of accepting the Foley package. But a Local 1004 bylaw says contracts have to be approved by a two-thirds majority.
The inside workers, in Local 15, had voted 73 per cent in favour of the recommendations and they went back to work Thursday.
Four community centres and two fitness centres that were supposed to be open today were closed instead, after inside workers refused to cross picket lines put up by outside workers at the centres.
With inside and outside workers appearing to have a deal, there is only one group of city workers still on strike with no sign of a settlement, the library employees.
Library negotiators met this morning, but the city's chief librarian, Paul Whitney, said librarians asked for a "major rewrite" of the Foley package that he said appeared undoable.
The major issue for library workers, who are mainly women, is getting pay equity with male-dominated categories of work at the city.
Foley had recommended boosting 300 of the 775 workers, those with the most complex jobs, up a pay grade in the ladder. But union local president Alex Youngberg said members think that's unfair and they want to see the money Foley was prepared to give to the 300 spread out equally to the 775.However, Whitney said that would mean the librarians at the top of the scale would end up with less money than librarians throughout the region are getting, since other municipalities are giving their highest qualified library staff pay-grade boosts. That will make it hard for Vancouver to recruit, he said.