Bargaining Bulletin #3

Bargaining Bulletin #3 – December 2, 2014

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee yesterday to continue discussions.  We made further progress at the table by signing off on 2 letters of agreement and exchanging union proposals and counter-proposals from the meeting in November 17th. We felt that the meeting was positive and are working with the employer to schedule dates in the new year.

In solidarity your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Bargaining Bulletin #2 – November 18, 2014

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee yesterday to continue discussions.  We made progress at the table by signing off on a number of renewed letters of agreement. We had productive discussions around proposals from both sides and will continue bargaining in a few days.

We are scheduled to meet again on Friday, November 21st and Monday, December 1st.

In solidarity your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Free – Fitness and Relaxation in the Workplace

  • Date:  November 19, 2014
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Location: IKBLC Room 158 – 1961  East Mall
This workshop teaches you how to be more active in your workplace to reduce weight, tone your core and improve your muscular strength while relaxing that stress away and increasing your energy. For more information please see the poster on the website.
*Brought to you by your CUPE 2950 Health and Safety Committee

UBC Staff Pension Plan – Vote for Karen Ranalletta!

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Dear sisters and brothers,
I am pleased to announce that I am running for the UBC Staff Pension Plan Board of Directors for the term of January 1, 2015-December 31,2018. Our Pension Plan board is lacking in diversity – there is only one woman (from SFU) on the board and no one under the age of 40 and one person who makes less than a six-figure salary.
I am a dedicated and fierce advocate for working people. I have pensions experience in the labour movement as a former member of the CUPE BC Pensions Committee. I come to meetings prepared, ready to engage and I am not afraid to ask questions. My experience as an alumni of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference enhanced my skills as a listener and taught me how to foster relationships and build alliances with management and union members alike. The governance of our pension plan requires someone who has capacity to work with and listen to all points of view and I believe I have the skills to carry out the role in the best interest of all plan members.
My official candidate statement is as follows:
Before being elected as President of CUPE 2950, I spent 7 years as the Assistant to the Director at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. As a member of CUPE BC’s Pension Committee, I honed my knowledge of multiple public sector pension plans plus their governance structures. As a pension activist, I have worked on the Canadian Labour Congress’ campaign, which advocates for CPP protection for all working people in Canada. If elected, I will work with the other board directors and consultants to grow our assets to get the plan back to full indexing. I believe the board should be representative of all members and, as a 33 year old woman; this would address gender, age and income diversity – something that is lacking now. Our pension plan affords us to live in dignity and comfort in retirement and I am committed to protecting our best benefit as UBC employees.
So I encourage you to share my information with anyone you know who is part of the UBC Staff Pension Plan.
All online votes must be submitted, and paper ballots received by UBC Elections by 4:00 pm Friday, November 26th in order to be valid. 
Voting information and candidate statements can be found here:
http://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/spp2014
Thank you for your support,

In Solidarity,
Karen Ranalletta – President CUPE 2950

 

**Photo credit Michael Lanier**

Bargaining Bulletin #1

Bargaining Bulletin #1 – November 4,2014

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee on November 3rd to exchange proposals. Both sides are scheduled to meet November 17th, 21st and December 1st.

Updates from our current negotiations will be emailed and posted on our website and reported on at the next General Membership meeting on November 20th at Henry Angus, Room 435 – 12-2pm.

We’ve also posted FAQs pertaining to this round of bargaining – please contact the union office if you have any questions. We are located at Mary Bollert Hall – Basement, 6253 NW Marine Drive.

Members are also invited to come down to the union office to view the proposals that were ratified at the September 25th General Membership meeting.

Karen and Susanne will be attending a meeting for the CUPE BC Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee this Friday to get updated information about current negotiations of CUPE locals 951/917/4163 (UVIC), 4879 (Thompson Rivers University), 3999 (UNBC), 3886 (Royal Roads University), 3338  (SFU) and 2278 (UBC TAs).  You can follow UCBC at http://universitieswork.ca

In solidarity your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Collective Bargaining FAQs

As we head into the negotiation of our collective agreement this fall  – we thought we’d post FAQs about collective bargaining between CUPE 2950 and UBC.  This is subject to change – if you have any other questions to add please contact the union office at office@cupe2950.ca

Collective Bargaining FAQs

What is collective bargaining?

  • Collective bargaining is the process of negotiations between the union and the employer to develop and maintain the collective agreement.

Who bargains for CUPE 2950?

  • The Contract Committee was elected in March 2014. The following people were elected to the committee:
    • Susanne Lester (Chair) – Humanities and Social Sciences, Library
    • Jaimie Miller – Technical Services, Library
    • Shehnaz Motani – Research Services
    • George Pereira – Chan Centre
    • Dana Fister – Law
    • Karen Ranalletta – President, CUPE 2950
      • Frans van de Ven – Business Agent, CUPE 2950 – spokesperson**
      • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep – resource**
        • **denotes voice no vote**

Who bargains for UBC?

  • The University’s bargaining committee is:
    • Maynard Witvoet – Employee Relations Manager
    • Beverly Babey – Human Resources
    • Emily Kompauer – Library
    • Cam McGill – Chan Centre
    • Amy Stanley – Medicine

How and where can I get information about bargaining?

  • To get information on CUPE 2950 bargaining, please follow the website. We will also send bargaining bulletins out via email.
  • To follow bargaining of our sisters and brothers in other CUPE locals please visit www.universitieswork.ca

When is the union going to meet with the University?

  • The following dates have been scheduled and are subject to change:
    • November 3
    • November 17
    • November 21
    • December 1

What are the proposals?

  • The proposals were ratified by the membership on September 25th.
  • Members are welcome to view proposals at the union office at anytime (please call ahead of time to make sure someone is in the office – 2-1494)

Our collective agreement is expired. What does that mean?

  • The collective agreement stays active until the next one is negotiated.

When do we vote on the contract?

  • All members of CUPE 2950 are eligible to vote on the memorandum of agreement. The committee will present their recommendation at a membership or a special meeting.
  • Members who work off-site will have the option to vote at mobile polling stations.

Who is PSEC?

  • The Public Sector Employer’s Council falls under the Ministry of Finance. The Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) supports government in setting and coordinating strategic directions in human resource management and labour relations for the broad public sector.
  • They have to approve UBC’s proposals and contract before it goes to the Board of Governors for approval.

Will we go on strike?

  • The members decide whether we go on strike or not.
  • A strike vote is when the membership authorizes the union to take job action. In BC, the union has to give the employer 72 hours notice of job action and we have 90 days to invoke some sort of job action after the strike vote is taken.
  • Your 2014 Job Action Committee members are:
    • Nancy Forhan – Applied Science
    • Patricia Fraser – Sauder
    • Brian Broom – Medicine – VGH
    • Hollie Griffin – Financial Services

Steps for Collective Bargaining

  • Election of Contract Chair (November 2013)
  • Election of bargaining committee (March 2014)
  • Contract committee presents and recommends concept proposals to the membership (September GMM)
  • Membership votes on contract proposals – approved unanimously at September GMM
  • CUPE 2950 and UBC exchange proposals
  • Both parties continue to meet – this constitutes bargaining
  • Once the parties agree, the memorandum of agreement is sent to government for final approval, the union then takes the agreement to the membership and it’s voted on.

Welcome Back BBQ 2014!

Last Wednesday was a beautiful day for the annual UBC Welcome Back BBQ – and props to all those who came by and whispered our password “solidarity” to receive a CUPE 2950 lapel pin.

Thank you to those who had their pictures taken to show that UBC works because WE do! The winner of the CUPE BC hoodie will be announced at the General Membership meeting on September 25th.

The faces of CUPE 2950 are as diverse as the campus we serve as seen in this gallery and thank you to all who stopped by to say hello!

Andrea Coutts & Megan Campbell

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General Membership Meeting – September 25, 2014

The details for the next General Membership Meeting will be as follows:

Just a reminder that our GMMs are on employer paid time (the two hours must include your regular lunch).

If you have any questions or comments please call the union office at 2×1494 or Karen directly at 2×1478.

AGENDA

  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Adoption of Agenda
  3. Adoption of Minutes of September 25, 2014
  4. Business Arising from the Minutes:
  1. Nominations for CUPE Local 2950 Executive (2014 – 2015):
    1. 1st VP/Grievance Chair
    2. Education Committee Chair
    3. Treasurer
    4.  Diversity Committee Chair
    5. 1 Sergeant-at-Arms
    6. Trustee position ending Dec. 31/16 – Danny Wong, nominated)
  2. Unfinished Business
  3. Executive Report – (Karen Ranalletta – President)
  4. Business Agent’s Report – (Frans van de Ven)
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6.  Committee Reports:
  • Chief Shop Steward – (Jaimie Miller)
  • Communications Committee – (Kevin Shillitto – Chair [on leave])
  • Contract Committee – (Susanne Lester – 2nd VP/Chair)
  • Education Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Health and Safety Committee – (Richard Hare – Chair)

10.       New Business:

  • Report from National Sector Council Conference
  • Close nominations for Job Action Committee:
    • Nancy Forhan
    • Patricia Fraser
    • Hollie Griffin
    • Brian Broom
  • Close nominations for the BC Federation of Labour Convention – November 24-28th, Vancouver Convention Centre:
    • Brian Broom
    • Susanne Lester
    • Meghan Phillips
    • Shehnaz Motani
    • Rey Astronomo
    • Lynn Pedro
    • Hollie Griffin

 

50 Years of Solidarity of CUPE BC!

CUPE BC created this documentary on the history of our union over the past 50 years. 50 years of solidarity!

A mini-documentary highlighting some of the many incredible achievements of CUPE BC over the last 50 years.

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