CUPE 15 Votes Down Employers Offer – 89% Say No

CUPE 15 tallied the votes after the polls closed at 8.00 p.m. July 19, 2007.  89% of the CUPE 15 members said no to the Employer’s offer.  Paul Faoro, president of CUPE 15 said pickets will be out in full force Monday morning.  He gave seventy two hours strike notice to the City of Vancouver this morning at 8.00 a.m.

How does this affect CUPE 391?  We have been in talks with the locals that we share worksites with and will continue discussions this weekend.  Be aware that when CUPE 15 says that they will be out in full force Monday morning, it could affect any or all of the following worksites:

  • Britannia
  • Central
  • Carnegie
  • Joe Fortes
  • Kerrisdale
  • Outreach
  • Renfrew
  • Strathcona

If you go to work and see CUPE 15 pickets around your worksite:

  • Do not cross the picket line
  • Talk to the Picket Captain
  • Phone CUPE 391 at 604-322-4879 and verify that the job action is acknowledged

If we are picketed out at only a few worksites, Branch Heads or work unit supervisors will instruct employees on possible deployment to other worksites, or to call them back to work.

The Bargaining Committee will be in mediation today.  We will blog the results of negotiations later on today.

CUPE 15 has left the door open for the GVRD to negotiate.  All the CUPE locals in the Lower Mainland are continuing to co-ordinate information.

We had a very successful day-long workshop for our Union Contacts.  They are ready to help Peter DeGroot, as our Job Action Co-ordinator, manage information about any possible strike action on the part of CUPE 391.

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We are very proud and heartened by the support we have received from our members.  Your intelligence and loyalty to public service will carry the day.

in solidarity

Alex Youngberg