Sisters and Brothers:
Arising from a motion at the January 21, 2015 Membership Meeting, we have engaged the services of Strategic Research, an independent research company, to conduct a telephone survey of our members. The purpose of this survey is to gather information on how we feel about working conditions with the City of Burnaby.
This is a confidential survey and individual results will not be disclosed. The survey will consist of approximately 20 questions and will take about 10 minutes to do.
We have approximately 2,500 members in our Local Union. To ensure that the survey is as accurate as possible, we will have to get 300 interviews completed.
In the next few days you may receive a call from Strategic Research. We hope that you will look for their call and participate in this very important and confidential survey. The phone number that should show on your call display is: 604-323-2694. In some cases due to network incompatibility the number may not be displayed.
Strategic Research intends to begin the survey on February 23, 2015, and anticipates that it will take about a week to complete.
It’s really important that we get as much participation as we possibly can for this survey because it will provide us with very useful information that we can use for bargaining purposes.
Simon Challenger, President
Wednesday March 18 2015 – Pizza & pop at 5 pm, meeting at 5:30 pm
On the agenda:
- General Business
- Nominations for Table and Division Officers as well as Trustees
As always, there are door prizes to be won. If you need child-minding services, please notify the office in advance.
New members – please arrive at 5:15 for registration
Download Election Committee notice for posting here – Election Notice 2015
The Canadian Labour Congress is offering Election Preparation conferences across Canada this year. In Vancouver it will be March 13 & 14. Follow this link for details & registration.
Location: Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall- 514 Carnarvon St. in New Westminster
Time: Tues. Jan. 27 – 6 pm to 8 pm
Public transit service levels in the Lower Mainland have remained practically unchanged over the past seven years. In that same period demand has soared.
Metro Vancouver residents will be asked to vote on a 0.5 per cent hike in B.C.’s Provincial Sales Tax to fund new transit projects, in a referendum this March. The referendum is seeking a public decision on the transportation funding measures identified by the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council. The Mayor’s funding plan advocates for more transit routes, more buses and HandyDART vans, more options for cyclists, and increased service all over the region.
Metro Vancouver Alliance members committed to campaigning vigorously for a Yes vote on this referendum. We are campaigning to get Metro Vancouver residents’ transit needs met.
As part of this campaign, we invite you and members of your community to our first Transit Forum on Tuesday, January 27.
If you live or work in the New Westminster/Burnaby area we encourage you to come. We’ll be discussing the upcoming transit referendum and working in groups to build relationships in the community and develop strategies to ensure that the referendum passes, and transit in the region receives increased funding.
It’s important to everyone in Metro Vancouver that this referendum passes – join us and help make this happen! Help spread the word.
On Christmas Eve, Acting President Dan Kutin was joined by Mayor Derek Corrigan and Councilors Paul McDonell and James Wang on a visit to some of our worksites.
For those members who have registered for the party this weekend:
Due to an electrical fire at Bill Copeland Sports Centre yesterday afternoon, the ability to make ice has been compromised.
Sorry, the ice skating portion of the evening has been cancelled.
The upper lobby activities are still going on……The Purple Pirate Children’s Show, Cookie Decorating, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Refreshments and of course a visit from Santa!
There will be a training opportunity with the MVA at the end of January. Free of charge to our members. Come to the January Membership meeting to hear Deborah Littman talk about what CUPE 23 being a member of the Metro Vancouver Alliance means for us.
Map of location – Leadership Institute @ Capilano U
Link to RSVP
Members of CUPE 608 have been on strike since May 15, 2014. Their employer is attempting to contract out most of their approximately 30 bargaining unit jobs. Although Naramata Centre is owned by the United Church of Canada, it is run by separate board. CUPE is now applying to have the Centre and the Church recognized as a common employer. If successful, more pressure can be applied to the United Church to do the right thing and uphold their reputation for fighting for respect and rights for workers.
For the second year in a row, the CUPE BC Spring School will not be held at Naramata in 2015 as a result of this dispute.
CUPE BC news story - http://www.cupe.bc.ca/news/3591
If you were at our June membership meeting you would have seen the presentation by City of Burnaby staff on the City’s opposition to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Following the presentation, the membership voted to support the City’s position on this important issue. We believe that it’s in all of our interests to oppose the project, for a variety of reasons including the safety of humans and the ecology as well as a desire to promote energy conservation and green solutions.
The legal battle has unfolded and Kinder Morgan has been attempting to do testing on Burnaby Mountain which is public, protected land on unceded Indigenous territory. The National Energy Board decision to allow this, against the wishes of the people and government of Burnaby, is being appealed. In the meantime, the courts have allowed Kinder Morgan to proceed.
There is a diverse and determined group of people who are not willing to let that happen and their numbers are growing. At the beginning of November several of them were threatened with lawsuits and injunctions. This week there have been many arrests of protesters. Civil disobedience in the face of injustice is an individual choice. At our membership meeting this week we voted to sign on to an open letter in support of those trying to protect the land for us all.
We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work….
The text of the letter and the list of all the other supporters can be found here, along with a link to sign on as an individual – http://peoplesclimateconvergence.org/we-stand-caretakers-burnaby-mountain
In addition to signing the letter, other ways to support the land defenders can be found here – http://www.canadians.org/blog/top-5-ways-you-can-support-kinder-morgan-pipeline-blockade
CUPE 23 has voted to send two members to the CUPE National Human Rights Conference. It will be held in Winnipeg from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8, 2015. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office to submit your name for consideration by December 15th.
From the CUPE.ca website:
We are at a critical moment for equality and the labour movement. Though we’ve made important human rights gains over time, growing inequality, globalization, privatization and the rise of precarious work threaten the progress we’ve made. CUPE must be a leader in advancing equality. Our efforts benefit everyone.
CUPE activists will gather to share ideas and develop strategies in areas where workers have power: bargaining, organizing, mobilizing and political action.