This from CUPE 15′s website, Oct. 26
It’s time to sign a deal.
At 8:00 a.m. this morning your Bargaining Committee presented an “Offer for Settlement” to the employer’s bargaining team to renew four collective agreements covering over 2,500 CUPE 15 members. Our inclusive settlement offer was carefully built from a comprehensive package the employer presented to us on Monday morning. This required our Union to refine and in some cases reduce our bargaining demands to demonstrate our desire to reach a fair settlement with the City of Vancouver.
It has now been close to eight months since we started negotiations with the City and we have come a long way. Each party has worked extremely hard and invested significant time and energy. It has been tough negotiations. But it is now time to sign a deal. The four year offer that we presented to the City is fair, responsive and defendable to the needs not only of our Union, but of the employer and the citizens of Vancouver.
Our settlement offer reflects the terms and conditions contained in the recent settlement in New Westminster and other municipal settlements across British Columbia. We advised the City’s representatives that our Bargaining Committee is prepared to meet later today and throughout the weekend in order get this done.
The ball is now truly in the hands of the employer. From this point forward we will be increasing our communication with you and if necessary setting up special membership meetings. Again, it still remains our goal to renew a collective agreement with the City of Vancouver that is fair and reasonable, keeps members working, values your length of service, and is done without a labour dispute.
Paul Faoro, President
On behalf of the CUPE Local 15 Bargaining Committee:
John Geppert (Staff Representative), Betty McGee, Brenda Coombs, Sally Bankiner, Barbara Dickinson, Arthur Lum, Jacques Massé, Donald Rounding, Steve Salsman