White Rock city workers ratify new agreement

WHITE ROCK – CUPE workers ended their month-long job action today, ratifying a new four-year collective agreement.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that CUPE members stood together and, in taking historic strike action, made it clear to their employer that they were serious about the issues on the bargaining table.

“We made some important gains but CUPE also moved significantly and we were very flexible on finding common ground. We understood that job action is hard on White Rock residents. We were encouraged that the City came back to the table yesterday ready to address some key concerns,” said Guraliuk.

Highlights of the ratified agreement include:

• Increase to 11% from 8% for pay in lieu of health benefits for part-time and casual employees;

• On long-term disability – the City will provide required information to the union to allow a union-administered and employee-paid plan to be put in place;

• Other improvements include: removing the age limit of 19 for orthotics coverage, increasing Dirty Pay to $0.85 per hour from $0.75; and a vacation pay adjustment on actual employee earnings where they exceed the regular annual pay;

• Wages and Term mirror the Metro Vancouver regional settlements. The agreement runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015. On January 1 of each year the wage increases will be: 2012 – 1.25%; 2013 – 1.75%; 2014 – 1.75%; 2015 – 2%.

Guraliuk said the union is disappointed that they were not able to address the need for clear hours of work for all employees, but that this will be a priority in the next round of bargaining.

CUPE 402-01 represents 100 City of White Rock workers.

For information:

Mike Guraliuk, President CUPE Local 402-01: 604-812-8264
Rob Limongelli, CUPE National Representative: 778-773-1273
Roseanne Moran, CUPE Communications Representative: 778-835-7537

 

Tentative agreement reached for White Rock civic workers

WHITE ROCK – The City of White Rock and CUPE workers have reached a tentative agreement.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that details of the settlement will be released pending a ratification vote by local members tomorrow (Saturday).

CUPE 402-01 represents 100 City of White Rock workers. The union began job action with an overtime ban, with rotating strikes beginning on May 2. Full strike action at all city facilities has been ongoing since Monday, May 12.

This is the first time in the history of CUPE 402-01 that the union has taken strike action.

For information:

Mike Guraliuk, President CUPE Local 402-1: 604-812-8264
Rob Limongelli, CUPE National Representative: 778-773-1273

Rally for striking White Rock workers attracts big crowd, high energy

WHITE ROCK – Members of CUPE Local 402-01 walking the picket line in White Rock were joined yesterday by CUPE BC officers, CUPE members from around the Lower Mainland, members of other unions, and representatives of the BC Federation of Labour for a solidarity rally outside White Rock City Hall.

The rally was emceed by Local 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk, who spoke about the lack of respect the City has shown CUPE members during negotiations. CUPE BC President Mark Hancock urged members to keep up the fight for a fair and reasonable agreement, and told them they have the full support of all 630,000 CUPE members across the country. Jeannie Kilby, President of CUPE 402, called on White Rock mayor and council to get back to the bargaining table to negotiate. BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair told the workers that their struggle for a long term disability plan is worth fighting for and that all affiliates of the Fed will support them.

A gallery of photos of the event can be seen here http://gallery.cupe.bc.ca/gallery/rally-striking-city-white-rock-workers-local-402-01?page=0%2C0, or visit CUPE BC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CUPEBC.

No movement from employer in White Rock labour dispute

WHITE ROCK – CUPE workers are frustrated and questioning how City negotiators could come back to the bargaining table today unprepared and with no proposals to assist in getting to a settlement.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that the union presented the City with a package which included a Long-Term Disability plan, paid by employees and administered by the City, similar to the Firefighters’ LTD plan. “The City negotiators claimed that they didn’t even have enough information about their own plan with the Firefighters to discuss this with us today. Given that long-term disability has been a key issue in this dispute, we would expect that the employer would come to the table ready to discuss options,” said Guraliuk.

Shortly after 4 p.m. City negotiators advised that they were leaving. Guraliuk said that there had been no discussion of other issues proposed by the union and no movement towards a settlement.

“White Rock citizens need to ask our Mayor and Council why their bargaining representatives were not prepared and ready to seriously work at getting a settlement. It seems that they are not taking the disruption of services for residents and businesses seriously at all,” said Guraliuk.

Other issues in the dispute include fair treatment for part-time and casual employees and clear hours of work for employees. The union began full strike action at all city facilities on Monday, May 12.

White Rock city workers to begin full strike action

WHITE ROCK – White Rock city workers will begin withdrawing services on Monday, May 12 at all city worksites.

Following rotating job action over the past few weeks and an overtime ban, the union is increasing pressure on the employer to get back to the table ready to address key bargaining issues.

“The union has shown we are prepared to negotiate and find constructive solutions, but the City will not negotiate,” said CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk. “We don’t take this action lightly, but we feel this is our only option at this point.”

Guraliuk said the union hopes that this will be a wake-up call for the White Rock Mayor, Council and senior management.

Key issues for the union include the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

Picket lines will go up at the following sites as part of the job action:

•     Municipal Operations Yard – 877 Keil Street – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•     City Hall – 15322 Buenavista Avenue – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•     White Rock Community Centre – 15154 Russell Avenue – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•     Centennial Arena – 14600 North Bluff Road – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•     Kent Street Activity Centre – 1475 Kent Street – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

White Rock city workers to shut down public works

WHITE ROCK – Following last week’s one-day picket of City Hall and an ongoing overtime ban, White Rock workers in the public works department will be off the job on Thursday, May 8.

The shutdown will affect residential, multifamily and commercial garbage and recycling collection, maintenance of the sewer system, street cleaning, and parks and road maintenance.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that the union wants to send a strong message to the Mayor and Council that they need to get back to the table ready to address key bargaining issues. “This dispute can end if the city gets serious about bargaining. The union is willing to go back to the bargaining table, but the city has chosen to dictate rather than negotiate.”

Guraliuk said that he has heard from many members and citizens who are shocked at Mayor Baldwin calling the lack of a long-term disability plan and fairness for casual and part-time workers ‘trivial’ issues.

“Mayor Baldwin’s comments demonstrate that he is out of touch with the needs of his front-line employees and that has come through in bargaining. We are talking about real people and what they need to get by in their day-to-day lives. It is not trivial and we are demonstrating that by taking job action,” said Guraliuk.

Key issues for the union include the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

 

White Rock city workers rally and strike at City Hall

WHITE ROCK –White Rock city workers and supporters rallied in front of City Hall to send a strong message to the Mayor and Council on the first-day of job action for CUE 402-01.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk was joined by CUPE 402 president Jeannie Kilby and CUPE BC president Mark Hancock.

“You need to know that CUPE BC’s 85,000 members and the 627,000 members across the country are solidly behind you and will support you in your efforts to get a fair and respectful agreement,” said Hancock.

CUPE 402 President Jeannie Kilby, who represents close to 3,000 workers in the City of Surrey, also offered her Local’s support and acknowledged the hard work of the CUPE 402-01 bargaining committee.

Mike Guraliuk thanked representatives from other CUPE locals for coming out in support and especially thanked CUPE White Rock members for standing strong during a tough round of bargaining.

Guraliuk said that following today’s City Hall job action, the union plans to bring in an overtime ban starting Monday, May 5 for all CUPE members who work for the City.

Key issues for the union include the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

CUPE 402-01 represents members who work for the City of White Rock and provide a wide range of services to White Rock residents and businesses.

White Rock city workers serve 72-hour strike notice

WHITE ROCK – After ten months of bargaining, for the first time in its history with the City of White Rock, CUPE 402-01 has served 72-hour strike notice and is gearing up for job action.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that the union plans limited job action on Friday, May 2, with CUPE workers at White Rock City Hall off the job. This will include services such as Permits and Licensing, Pay Parking, Bylaw Enforcement and Financial Services.

“We don’t want to see services and lives disrupted in our community. CUPE was hopeful that the City would enter into last weekend’s talks with a renewed commitment. But that is not what we found. Our decision to serve strike notice was made in response to the fact that we saw little progress at the bargaining table, where the City and their representative from Metro Vancouver failed to address key issues,” said Guraliuk.

Key issues for the union include the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

“This round of bargaining has been about respect and fairness for City of White Rock workers, who keep our city safe, clean and beautiful. It is a sad day when we find ourselves forced to embark on a strike that we had hoped to avoid,” said Guraliuk.

The union plans to follow up Friday’s strike with rotating action targeting different workplaces, if needed. “No bargaining sessions are currently booked with the employer, but we are hopeful that Friday’s strike will help our Mayor and Council understand that our members have reached the point where they feel they must take job action,” said Guraliuk.

CUPE 402-01 represents members who work for the City of White Rock and provide a wide range of services to White Rock residents and businesses.

CUPE reaches out to White Rock residents and businesses

WHITE ROCK – CUPE has written directly to City of White Rock residents and businesses in anticipation of possible job action.

CUPE 402-01 President Mike Guraliuk said that with essential service levels being finalized last week, the union wants to ensure that their community hears directly from them about why they are considering job action at this time.

“We don’t want to disrupt services, but until we see concrete progress, we feel we have little choice. While we are pleased that new discussions with the City are scheduled for later this week, we continue to prepare for all scenarios. We need to see significant movement on key issues from City negotiators, and until then, the possibility of job action is very real,” said Guraliuk.

Key issues for the union include the need for clear hours of work for all employees, fair treatment for casual and part-time employees, and protection for members who become seriously ill.

CUPE 402-01 represents members who work for the City of White Rock and provide a wide range of services to White Rock residents and businesses.

The letter to residents can be viewed here.