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Unite Here Meeting Conference Centre 205 / 211 October 4th, 12:30-1:20 pm

October 4, 2018 @ 12:30 - 13:30

The CUPE Executive are aware of the concerns many members of our Local have voiced with possible job action so I am asking you to attend this session as part of the UNBC community, if at all possible, to show a sign of support for the food workers on campus.

Please feel free to voice your concerns with the Unite Here Local 40 members, as they would like to be able to count on your support.


Caroline Sewell


CUPE Local 3799


What have you done in your union to raise a member up? If not you, then who?


Subject: Public meeting (Thursday, 12:30): UNBC’s food service workers seek fair working conditions

Local 40 of UNITE HERE, representing the workers employed by food services contractor Chartwells at UNBC, is seeking improved working conditions for its members, but contract talks with their employer have stalled.  A recent strike vote passed overwhelmingly, and job action could be imminent.

Faculty Association members need to be aware of the issues involved in this dispute. Please attend a short noon-hour meeting in Conference Centre 205 / 211 tomorrow, October 4th, 12:30-1:20 pm.  Organizers and members from Local 40 will be there to explain their situation and answer your questions.


The Local 40 workers are part of the UNBC community.  They are familiar faces that we see every day.  But they have no job security, and their employment is subject to the vagaries of contract turnover. 

So far, UNBC’s administration has maintained that it has no role in a dispute between third parties.  Yet at other universities, job security provisions are part of Requests for Proposals for contract food services.  So there’s a positive role for the University to play in this dispute, and it’s just not good enough to pretend that this is somebody else’s problem. 

In fact, this hands-off attitude will just ensure that it becomes a much bigger problem.  With mid-term exams starting very soon, our students living in the residences – with a mandatory meal plan – don’t need the distraction of worrying about how they will be fed if job action occurs. 

The FA welcomes all members of the UNBC community to attend and learn more.


Paul Sanborn

A/President, UNBC Faculty Association

Associate Professor
Ecosystem Science & Management Program
University of Northern B.C.
3333 University Way
Prince George, B.C. 
Phone: (250) 960-6661
Fax: (250) 960-5539









October 4, 2018
12:30 - 13:30
Event Category:


6-205/211 Conference Centre