CUPE takes employer's advice, files pay equity grievance


    Tip from GVLRA chair during CBC radio interview prompts demand for full
    redress

    VICTORIA, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - CUPE 410 has filed a grievance in response to an
on-air challenge, during a radio interview yesterday, by the chair of the
Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA) regarding the union's
campaign for pay equity for library workers.
    GVLRA Chair Ted Daly, appearing with CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse
yesterday morning on CBC Radio's "On the Island" program, suggested that the
union file a grievance to resolve the job evaluation/pay equity plan.
    "The way to resolve that is file a grievance with respect to the
memorandum and let it be dealt with in the normal course of events," Daly told
host Gregor Craigie, adding that raising the issue during collective
bargaining "is not the way to do it."
    The union has responded with a grievance claiming that the employer
violated the letter of understanding "when it failed to compare Library
positions to equivalent positions at the City for job evaluation and pay
equity purposes." It calls for "all affected employees (to) receive full
redress, including wages and benefits retroactive to April 1, 1993."
    As well as the grievance, the union is also filing a complaint with the
BC Human Rights Tribunal claiming that the employer has discriminated, and
continues to discriminate, against workers at the Library on the basis of sex
because the Library Board has failed to provide equal pay for work of equal
value for female-dominated positions at the library.
    "During the interview, Mr. Daly also mentioned that we already have an
'independent third party' for these negotiations, mediator Grant McArthur, and
suggested that the union get in touch with Mr. McArthur and ask him to get
back involved," said Seedhouse.
    "The union followed Mr. Daly's suggestion and contacted Mr. McArthur. Mr.
McArthur confirmed this morning that he contacted the GVLRA but they are still
unwilling to modify their position that 'pay equity has already been dealt
with' and therefore there is no point in bringing the parties together to
mediate the dispute."
    "I just wish they would get their story straight", added Seedhouse.
    Listen to the full CBC interview with Ed Seedhouse and Ted Daly
    http://www.cbc.ca/ontheisland/interviews.html.




For further information: Ed Seedhouse, CUPE 410 president, (250)
588-9565; Tammy Simonds, CUPE representative, (250) 812-7197; Dan Gawthrop,
CUPE Communications, (604) 999-6132; www.cupe.bc.ca