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Voting locations and dates have now been set for CUPE members who are part of the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA). CUPE’s Healthcare President’s Council has been fielding many member questions on the tentative agreement, particularly around changes to Grade I and Grade II positions.

Changes that suspend the definition of General Supervision come into effect on April 1,” says Frank De Waard, CUPE bargaining committee representative and president of CUPE Local 4816. “Funds saved by this change, along with the loss of one vacation day, will help pay for benefit increases that come into effect in 2012.”

De Waard says that the proposal confirming that moving all Grade 1 to Grade 2 is a priority for future negotiations is not guaranteed and is subject to the allocation of sufficient funding. “This could well become an empty promise if funding is not in place,” says De Waard.

CUPE’s Healthcare President’s Council recommends a “No” vote on the tentative agreement.

The following ratification dates have been set as follows:

CUPE Local 15

January 25
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Richmond Hospital
Park Room, 2nd floor Richmond Hospital (off cafeteria)
7000 Westminster Hwy.
Information session and vote

January 26
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
132 West Esplanade
North Vancouver
Panorama room
Information session and vote

January 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan Street
Information session and vote

January 28th
11:30 – 1:30pm
CUPE Local 15 Office
545 W 10th
Drop-in Vote

CUPE Local 1978

January 31
12:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saanich Health Unit MPR
3995 Quadra Street
Information session

February 3
11:30 - 2:00pm
Victoria Health Unit MPR

CUPE Local 4816

January 24
4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
#300-4946 Canada Way
(3rd Floor Community Ed. Room)
Information session and vote

CUPE represents over 500 members in the HSPBA bargaining association, represented by CUPE Locals 15, 1978 and 4816.

CUPE’s representatives on the bargaining committee are Frank De Waard, (team leader with Burnaby Home Health), Caroline Mewis (physiotherapist with Richmond Health) and Justin Schmid, CUPE National representative.