CUPE Update March 1st – General Meeting March 6th

Event:    CUPE 391 General Meeting

Location: Peter Kaye Room, Central Library

Date:    Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Time:    6.00 p.m.

Some agenda items:


“Taking on PRivatization”...
So far only one of our members has signed-up for this CUPE sponsored course (Apr 13/14). We need more of our members to take this. Our Local is going to see a lot more contracting out by our LMT e.g. possibility of 311 call centre contracting bargaining unit work. BiblioCommons – Private and publicly funded gateway (seamlessly integrates with existing ILS environments and creates a highly interactive and engaging search and discovery space for library users. This is an OPAC that connects them not only to the library’s resources but also to each other. Connections are built around the collections – connections between people and content; people and conversations; and people and the communities they are most interested in.) being considered by PLSB And of course, the Bindery.  We need to be educated! Please put your name forward!
Constitution Survey:  Please educate and gratify us with your thoughts on changes to the election process, per diems, etc.  You can print off a copy from Members Resources: Surveys and Reports

Bargaining Update: Our membership’s top three issues did not engender much interest from the GVRD’s perspective.  Time will tell.  Heather Inglis, CUPE National Representative for Prince George will be speaking one of our top issues, Pay Equity near the beginning of the meeting.  Many of remember Heather for the high profile she gave our local through her work as President and founding member of the CUPE BC Library committee.  Come and say hello.

Bindery Update

The date of presenting the Board with research re: the future of the Bindery, has been changed to April 30th.  The process of receiving information, creating surveys, has taken longer than originally planned.  The Alma Van Dusen Room and Peter Kaye Room will be booked again.  We will be preparing another report for the Board and the committee will be presenting their findings.  Please support this event with the same hearts and minds that were brought to the last meeting.  Not just because they are fellow members, but because the Bindery is an intergral service whose presence supports superior collection development and maintence.

Rebecca Robbins – Notice of Motion #1

Many friends and co-workers grieve for the loss of Rebecca Robbins.  She was a bright spirit in our library community and we will miss her kindness and loving public service.  The Union will be making a recommendation on how we remember Rebecca.  Please participate in this decision.  Her family and friends would like to see a tangible recognition of Rebecca’s community service.

Call for a Delegate to the CUPE BC Convention – Notice of Motion #2

This is an election year for officers of CUPE BC.  The convention will be in Victoria, from May 9-12, 2007.  Resolutions for this convention should be brought to this meeting.  Metro Labour Council will not be accepting any after March 9, 2007.

One of our proposals may be to do with the province’s possible attempt to overhaul the Library Act.  There has been concern that with the transfer of responsibility for public libraries to the Minister of Education that there might be an attempt by the provincial government to eliminate the current library board structure or to have public libraries controlled by school boards.

Another one that we will be presenting has to do with how much the Part-timers pay into the Municipal Pension Plan.  There is a feeling that the playing field should be leveled. We are doing research on a more appropriate calculation.

Resolution wordsmith’s, send in or bring your resolutions and we will present them.

Vancouver District Labour Council – Notice of Motion #3
Please click this url for a description of the VDCL.

Most of our affiliated unions belong to this organization.  It is the municipal equivalent of BC Fed.  Our local is asking the membership whether we should join VDLC.  CUPE 391 is a municipal organization, most of our affiliated locals belong and VDLC is a great source of labour, public service and government information.  We would need some volunteers to be delegates to VDLC if we join.

The meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Maritime Labour CentreSuite 140 111 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC V5L 4C4

Next meeting is March 20, 7.30 pm.  Pizza is served at 6 pm as it is Education night.

All for now.

in Solidarity