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VANCOUVER — Senior B.C. Labour Relations Arbitrator Stephen Kelleher upheld a grievance against the City of Vancouver, by its unionized workers on the matter of paying the cost of five paramedical benefits de-listed by the provincial government.

When city administrators decided against picking up the total cost of benefits such as physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropracty, the union grieved the decision and convinced Kelleher that the employer was obliged to pick up the tab of these services.

“Its a stunning victory for municipal workers, members of CUPE Local 15,” said Conni Kilfoil, CUPE legal representative, “and one that already affects a number of other workers within the GVRD.”

Paul Faoro, local 15 president said, “This is a fair decision unlike the provincial government’s decision to de-list the important health support services that working people find important to their health.”


Conni Kilfoil, CUPE national representative
(604) 291-1940 or
Paul Faoro, president CUPE Local 15
(604) 879-4671.