VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2012) - Frustrated by SFU's refusal to negotiate, members of CUPE Local 3338 will set up picket lines on its downtown Vancouver campus tomorrow. Close to 70 CUPE members at SFU Harbour Centre and SFU Woodward's will walk off the job and picket Friday morning starting at 8:30 am. Other campus buildings will not be affected.
CUPE 3338 has been without a contract since 2010 and reports virtually no progress in more than two years of talks. The main issues are inflation protection, job security and a fair and reasonable wage increase.
"SFU has arbitrarily decided it will not sit down and bargain in good faith with us," says CUPE 3338 president Lynne Fowler. "It has chosen instead to focus on its broken pension plan and deny its CUPE employees the right to negotiate a new collective agreement," she adds.
"With inflation, our members are actually falling behind in real terms," says 3338 business agent John Bannister, "unlike top SFU administers who have been enjoying substantial annual increases while refusing to negotiate with us." Bannister adds that "at this point we feel we have no alternative but to escalate our job action - we have to pressure SFU to come to the table with a mandate to settle." About 300 CUPE 3338 members at the main Burnaby campus held a silent protest picket last week during convocation.
Other universities in BC have reached or are working towards tentative agreements. CUPE 2950 at UBC has a tentative four-year deal with no concessions, 0-0-2-2% wage increases and language improvements. The 2950 executive is recommending ratification. Contract talks are underway this week at UBC, UVic, Thompson Rivers and the University of Northern BC.
CUPE 3338 represents about 1,000 clerical staff, computer operators, library assistants, technicians, lifeguards, financial aid advisors, building technologists, programmer analysts, buyers, stores clerks, information specialists, control clerks and resource specialists, schedulers and programmers.
||Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30 am
||SFU Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings, Vancouver
||SFU Woodward's 149 West Hastings, Vancouver