Special General Membership Meeting

When the membership met last, to discuss the Academic Services Delivery Transformation document that was distributed to the CUPE mailing list, the Bargaining Team spent time trying to explain when was happening in the background with the provincial government while negotiations broke with management; management explained to the Bargaining Team that they would “crystallize” their plans over the summer.  We did not expect to come back in the fall with documents obtained regarding shared services in the university sector already well underway, nor did we expect to receive confirmation that the shared services plan was at an advanced stage with the Kindergarten – Grade 12 sector. With so much information, there was little time left for discussion. The Executive of 3799, along with the Bargaining Team, would like to open the floor to discussion – where are we at with bargaining? Where do we go from here? If we are co-ordinating our bargaining efforts – why is the University of Victoria on the picket lines and we aren’t? Are shared services a threat to us or not?


Given the scope of the meeting, there will be no agenda – just an open forum for members to discuss their concerns, offer their input and give their feedback.


When:                  Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 – over the lunch hour, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where:                 Senate Chambers in the Admin building

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The monthly general membership meeting will still be held the last Wednesday of September.


In solidarity,



Caroline Sewell


CUPE Local 3799

Behavioural Interview Methods

As there is lots of confusion over the change in how UNBC is doing their interviews for job interviews it was asked of Sheila Page ( Director of HR ) to explain them. Mandi Schwarz offered to record one of the sessions. Please click on the link and save the file to your hard drive and then open it with Windows Media Player. Note it is a large file of about 2 GB in size. The length of the video is 1 hour.



Strike Captains Needed

Your local is further preparing for possible job action. We are in need Strike Captains. These people would coordinate the various activities around a picket line, preparing schedules, coordinating our members and are a huge resource towards getting any job action completed. If you would like to know further about the role or to sign up please contact Rob Angove, Vice President.

TRU Takes Strike Vote

TRU workers deliver strong strike mandate

KAMLOOPS—CUPE members working at Thompson Rivers University have sent a clear message to their employer – get back to the bargaining table! The members of CUPE local 4879 have voted 83 per cent in favor of strike action. More than two thirds (68 per cent) of the local’s 607 members took part in the vote.

CUPE 4879 president Lois Rugg said the high voter turnout and the strong response reflect the level of frustration among support workers at TRU. “Our contract expired in 2010, we have met with the employer about a dozen times and we have still made virtually no progress towards a new contract. At this point we feel our only option is job action,” she said. The main issues remain job security, inflation protection and a fair and reasonable wage increase. The workers were already denied a pay hike in 2010 and 2011 under the province’s Zero Mandate.

Now that the strike vote mandate has been approved, CUPE 4879 can apply for 72-hour strike notice which will place it in a legal position to take job action on campus. Rugg explained that, “our goal is not to negatively impact students, who are also facing funding and service cuts as well as higher tuition. Our goal is to pressure the university to return to the table and negotiate in good faith for a fair and reasonable collective agreement.”

CUPE support and teaching assistant workers at universities across the province have also been pushed to take strike votes including locals at UBC, UVic and UNBC. CUPE local 3338 at SFU announced today that it will hold a strike vote at the end of this month.