CUPE University workers beat the deadline—just!
VANCOUVER, B.C.- It took twenty-five days of intense mediation but representatives for 10,000 members of CUPE and 2,000 TSSU members have signed tentative agreements with six university employers.
Connie Credico, bargaining co-ordinator for the eleven local unions said, “perseverance paid off. Though the process we’ve been through in the last twenty-five days cannot be called free collective bargaining, these locals with divergent interests forced settlements that in many cases went beyond the government’s mandate.”
Throughout this bargaining process the unions maintained fairness, respect and security, as their key objectives.
“For this process the fairness in wages is as good as it can get this round. But most importantly,” said Credico, “this group of university workers attained the respect of every single employer and government—and that means a great deal to this group.”
Many employers have come to realize the value they have in their unionized workers, particularly during a time in which dedicated workers are increasingly hard to come by.