GMM – February 18th – 12-2pm

The details for the next General Membership Meeting will be as follows:
Date: February 18, 2016
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.
  1. Roll Call of Officers
  2. Adoption of Agenda
  3. Adoption of Minutes of November 26, 2015
  4. Business Arising from the Minutes:
  5. Nominations for CUPE Local 2950 Executive (2016- 2018):
      1. Recording Secretary
      2.  Diversity Committee Chair
      3. Communications Committee Chair
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. Executive Report – (Karen Ranalletta – President)
  8. Business Agent’s Report – (Frans van de Ven)
  9. Treasurer’s Report – (Sean Park)
  10. Committee Reports:
  • Chief Shop Steward – (Jaimie Miller)
  • Communications Committee
  • Contract Committee – (Susanne Lester – 2ndVP/Chair)
  • Education Committee (Maria Ho – Chair)
  • Grievance Committee (Harry Young – 1st VP/Chair)
  • Health and Safety Committee – (Richard Hare – Chair)
  1. New Business
    1. Open/Close Nominations for 2016 CUPE BC Convention – April 27, 30th – Victoria

    2. Destroy ballots from 2015 local elections

2016 – Changes to Extended Health Benefits


Date: December 3, 2015

From: UBC Human Resources and CUPE 2950

To:   CUPE 2950 Employees who are Enrolled in the Extended Health Plan

Subject: Changes to Extended Health Deductible, Paramedical Practitioner Maximum and Addition of Health Spending Account – Effective January 1, 2016

Your Extended Health benefits plan assists in reimbursing for specified medical services.

As a result of the last round of collective bargaining between the University and CUPE 2950 there will be changes to your Extended Health annual deductible, coverage for certain paramedical practitioners and the addition of a new benefit called the Health Spending Account (HSA).

These changes will take effect on January 1, 2016: 

Extended Health


Change Effective Jan. 1, 2016


$25 per single or family, per year

Applies to all eligible expenses, with the exception of out-of-country.

Deductible applies to prescription drugs only and the amount is equal to the Pharmacist’s dispensing fee.

Dispensing fee is the Pharmacist’s cost to fill a prescription. It is up to each Pharmacy to determine this amount, and it can range from $4 – 13.

When Sun Life calculates your reimbursement, they will remove the dispensing fee from the “eligible amount” and apply the percentage (85% for PharmaCare drugs and 70% for non-PharmaCare drugs).

While it is more economical for you to purchase your prescriptions at a Pharmacy with lower dispensing fees, the choice is up to you.

For a list of current dispensing fees, please visit:

Paramedical practitioner maximum

Licensed speech therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopath, homeopath, podiatrist, chiropodist, osteopath, dietician, audiologist or occupational therapist: combined maximum of $600/year

Massage therapy and physiotherapy maximum: $750/year

Licensed speech therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopath, homeopath, podiatrist, chiropodist, osteopath, dietician, audiologist or occupational therapist: combined maximum of $500/year

Massage therapy and physiotherapy maximum: $500/year

NEW Benefit

Health Spending Account

Not available

Starting Jan. 1, 2016 and every Jan. 1st thereafter, you will have access to a Health Spending Account containing $125 in credits that can be used to reimburse medical and dental expenses over and above what may have been paid by the UBC Extended Health and Dental Care benefits program, after coordinating with a spouse’s plan (if applicable).

Sun Life will administer this account and you can check your credit balance by logging in to the Sun Life Plan Member services website or calling 1.800.361.6212 starting Jan. 6, 2016.  Expenses incurred prior to Jan. 1, 2016 are ineligible for reimbursement.

For more information on the Health Spending Account and how to make claims, please visit:


Extended Health and Dental Claim Form

Regular claim form

Sun Life Extended Health

Sun Life Dental

Combined claim form

Sun Life Extended Health + HSA

Sun Life Dental + HSA

For Additional Information

For more information about the CUPE 2950 Extended Health plan and Health Spending Account, please visit the following web pages:

CUPE 2950 Year in Review


Hello friends,

It is an honour to have been re-elected as your president for the 2016-2018 term and I would like to share some highlights of the year we’ve had together.

CUPE 2950 – 2015 – A Year in Review:

January: BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger visit the local to report on the Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Campaign – we were one of her first visits in her new role as President and the first first woman elected to the position.

February: After protocol and concept proposals were exchanged late 2014, meaningful negotiations with the employer commenced. We also sent delegates to the CUPE National Human Rights Conference wherewe focused on equity in the themes of political action, the demographics of CUPE,success at the bargaining table, human rights and the labour movement. Each morning started out with an aboriginal smudge performed by CUPE members who are elders in their communities across the country. It was a conference that made us reflect on the importance of recognizing diversity in our membership and how we can best represent those equity seeking groups.

March: March was a busy month  – we passed the annual budget, saw an increase in the number of stewards recruited across campus and attended the annual International Women’s Day events put on by the CUPE Metro Council and the Vancouver and District Labour Council.

  • Budget

  • BC Fed Lobby in Victoria

  • Increase in stewards

  • International Women’s Day – Metro event and VDLC Dinner

  • C51 RALLY

April: This year’s CUPE BC Convention there was PROUD/STRONG/UNITED. Karen was successful in her election as a General Vice President on the division executive board – giving university sector workers a higher profile in the union. The convention also featured keynote speakers like Stephen Lewis, Leader of the Opposition, NDP Leader John Horgan, MP Libby Davies and BC Fed President Irene Lanzinger.

May: May saw the continuation of negotiations with the employer. Our library workers also attended the BC Library Association Conference at the Sheraton Richmond Hotel. As chair of the CUPE BC Library Committee, Karen delivered a presentation on CUPE 101 at the conference to educate union members and managers a like what the union does as political advocates for workers in the sector.

  • BC Library Association Conference

June: After 7 months of bargaining, CUPE 2950 and UBC reached a settlement and a 5 year collective agreement. Members ratified the agreement voting 79% in favour of the contract.

  • CUPE National Library Workers Committee meeting

  • Canadian Library Association Conference

  • Contract Negotiations come to a close and Ratification Vote

July: July was the annual membership appreciation BBQ. We were joined by CUPE BC President Mark Hancock, entertained by our own shop steward Maria Ho and things got interesting when the fire alarm went off in the middle of the event. As a member of the CUPE BC Executive Karen attended the annual CUPE BC Think Tank where the executive board and CUPE staff join together to enact the action plan adopted at the convention. Our own Amber Sadgrove attended as a Young Worker representative.

August: The mysterious departure and chaotic media fallout of Arvind Gupta prompted CUPE 116, 2278 and 2950 to send a joint letter to the UBC Board of Governors to demand accountability. We also celebrated the work our members who work offsite in Vancouver at the VGH membership appreciation BBQ held at Medical Students Alumni Centre. As a member of the CUPE BC Young Workers Task Force, Amber Sadgrove attended the CUPE BC Young Workers Conference in Prince George

September: Karen attended her first pension conference in September. The agenda covered items like effective pension plan communication, funding of defined benefit pension plans, changes in pension law and legislation. Our local also joined in with locals 15, 1004, 391 and 389 to sponsor progressive writers at the annual WORD Vancouver festival.

October: This marks the first year where we have the most CUPE 2950 members sitting on CUPE BC committees. Shehnaz Motani (International Solidarity), Carla Willems (Women’s), Amber Sadgrove (Environment and Young Workers Task Force), Susanne Lester (Universities) and Karen (Chair, Library and Chair, Women’s) and each met with their respective committees to develop their action plans for the 2015-2017 term. Our local was also proud to honour three members who were recipients of the President’s Awards for Service Excellence. We also launched an online survey to gauge where our members are at with health and safety knowledge on campus – the results of the survey will be presented at the next GMM.

  • Federal Election – October 19th

  • CUPE BC One Big Committee meeting – October 15-16

  • UBC All employee groups meeting – October 22

  • UBC President’s Awards for Service Excellence

  • CUPE 2950 Health and Safety Survey 

November: We held our CUPE 2950 elections on November 26th and elected the 2016-2018 executive board. At the CUPE National Convention we were proud to elect our friend Brother Mark Hancock as our new National President. Karen was also successful in her election as CUPE National Trustee. Keynote speakers included Stephen Lewis, Naomi Klein, Justice Murray Sinclair, Mohamad Fahmy and Thomas Mulcair.

As you can see it was a busy year! The next year will be just as busy I’m sure – some things on the horizon for 2016 are:

  • recruitment and training of more shop stewards and activists

  • ensure we keep using new communication tools to reach out to members

  • keep up to date on trends in labour relations/benefits/pensions

  • keep pushing CUPE BC, National and the BC Fed to ensure that post-secondary is part of their political action plan at every level

  • start building a mentorship and successorship plan to capture the wisdom of our long serving activists before they retire

In closing, I want to take the time to thank you all for the work you do for UBC. Each of you is an important piece in what contributes to higher education and this institution would not be as reputable or as highly regarded without the important work you do in your faculties, departments and units.

It truly is an honour to represent the members of this local. Have a safe and happy holiday season and I wish you and your families all the best in 2016.

In Solidarity,

Karen Ranalletta – President CUPE 2950

CUPE 2950 Local Election Results

The results of last Thursday’s election for the 2016-2018 CUPE 2950 Executive Board are as follows:


  •   President – Karen Ranalletta


  •   1st VP Grievance Chair – Harry Young

  •   2nd VP Contract Chair – Susanne Lester

  •   Treasurer – Sean Park

  •   Chief Steward – Jaimie Miller

  •   Education Chair – Maria Ho

  •   Health and Safety Chair – Richard Hare

  •   Sergeants –at-Arms – Rowan Hougham

As per our Bylaws, these positions will take office January 1st, 2016 and serve for a two year term – 2016-2018.

Vacant positions requiring Nomination and Election as per Bylaws in upcoming General Members Meetings:

  •    Communications Chair

  •    Diversity Chair

  •    Recording Secretary

Thank you to Ross Idler, Shehnaz Motani, Carla Willems and Amber Sadgrove for serving on the elections committee and ensuring a smooth electoral process.

Thank you to all candidates who stood for election and to all members who showed up to vote!

Joint CUPE Locals Letter to the BoG re: Gupta’s Resignation

Dear members of CUPE 2950,

The Presidents of the three CUPE locals at UBC (2950, 116 and 2278) have sent a Joint CUPE Locals Letter to BoG re: Gupta’s Resignation to UBC Board of Governors Chair, John Montalbano calling on the BoG to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

In solidarity,

Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

August 20, 2015

John Montalbano

Chair, UBC Board of Governors

6328 Memorial Road, Room 121
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Dear Mr. Montalbano,

We are the presidents of the three Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) locals on campus. Local 2278 represents the Teaching Assistants, Markers and English Language Instructors, Local 2950 represents Library, Clerical and Theatre Workers and Local 116 represents Food Services, Building Operations, Research, Engineering and Animal Care Technicians, Dental Assistants, Campus Security, Housing, Custodians, Bookstore, Aquatic Centre and Graduate Student Society employees. Collectively, we serve over 7,000 UBC support staff.

We are writing to express our deep concern over the recent and abrupt resignation of Arvind Gupta as President of UBC and the subsequent media fallout surrounding this issue and others. The lack of transparency in this process raises serious questions about University governance and a shocking lack of concern for the reputation of this institution and its budget. The substantial expense of conducting a presidential search twice in the period of two years coupled with the total compensation packages for Dr. Gupta and Dr. Piper in a period of supposed austerity suggests a total disregard for interests of the UBC community.

The campus community took part in an extensive consultation process and we elected representatives to assist in choosing UBC’s new president. For Dr. Gupta to have emerged as the successful candidate only to be removed by the largely unelected Board of Governors thirteen months later without any explanation devalues the processes through which UBC chooses its leaders.

As the Chair of the Board of Governors of a publicly funded institution you have a responsibility to the broader community to ensure that UBC’s reputation is beyond reproach. The mysterious departure of our head has opened the door for rampant speculation that is taking a great toll on campus morale.

We are calling on you to resolve this situation as quickly as possible by clarifying the real reason for Dr. Gupta’s unexpected resignation thereby putting the rumour mill to rest and restoring UBC’s good name. Openness, transparency and effective communication are necessary pillars of a respected public educational institution and are values that UBC itself espouses. It is incumbent on the Board of Governors to obey these principles.


Colleen Garbe (116) Trish Everett-Kabut (2278) Karen Ranalletta (2950)

Memorandum of Agreement and New Wage Grid

The collective agreement has been ratified by both parties and took effect on Monday, July 6th.

Here is the full Memorandum of Agreement – CUPE 2950 and UBC – which outlines the changes to the contract, everything else not in the MOA stays the same.

The new wage grid is as follows:

The changes to the extended health benefits plan will take effect January 1, 2016 – we will post a summary of the changes soon.