CUPE 15 delivers counter-offer to City of Vancouver:

    Calls City to return to table independently or with third party to
    end strike

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - After reviewing the City of Vancouver's two
non-negotiated offers over the weekend, CUPE 15's bargaining committee
hand-delivered a counter-offer to their employer at City Hall today at 9:30
a.m. The union is also calling on the City to return to the table immediately,
either independently, with the assistance of a recognized facilitator/mediator
or through the services of BC's Labour Relations Board.
    Neither of the City's two offers address the primary issues the union has
identified for the past year to be important and for that reason, do not form
the basis for a settlement. However, CUPE 15 is pleased that the City has
finally agreed that the regional wage and term (17.5 per cent over 5 years)
first negotiated by CUPE in Richmond, will be extended to Vancouver's inside
    "CUPE has negotiated 12 contracts with civic employers throughout the
Lower Mainland in recent weeks," says CUPE 15 President Paul Faoro. "These
deals were reached because employers sat down with the union and in a
respectful way addressed fundamental workplace issues, like necessary
improvements for auxiliary workers who can work for years on end without
benefits or scheduling certainty. The City of Vancouver needs to sit down with
its workers and hammer out a negotiated settlement."
    CUPE 15's counter-offer link: responds directly to the
City of Vancouver's first offer, which basically rolls-over the current
collective agreement but includes the regional wage and term. The union's
counter-offer includes items negotiated within the regional settlement
pattern, many which are naturally drawn from the Richmond deal, as it is the
most comparable city to Vancouver in the Lower Mainland in terms of its size
and Olympic commitments.
    CUPE 15 has also offered the City of Vancouver an "Olympic Agreement"
based on the agreement negotiated and ratified in Richmond. This agreement
grants the employer the flexibility requested to bend the rules of the
collective agreement and suspend certain provisions in order to respond to
management's increased staffing and other needs during the Olympics.
    "Our counter-offer is fair and reasonable and within the mandate agreed
to by other Lower Mainland employers," says Faoro.

    This spreadsheet document link: charts the
details of recent Lower Mainland civic agreements reached along with CUPE 15's

    CUPE 15 represents 2,400 striking Vancouver inside workers and has been
on strike since Monday, July 23, 2007. Besides improvements for auxiliaries,
CUPE 15's other primary issues remain contract language to protect employees
from the City's expressed plans to contract out a number of jobs and
departments, language that makes binding rulings on necessary job
reclassifications (due to changing nature of work, duties, etc.), and language
that secures a harassment-free workplace as well as protection for


For further information:

For further information: Paul Faoro, CUPE 15 president, (604) 202-1829;
Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC president, (604) 340-6768; Diane Kalen, CUPE
Communications, (778) 229-0258

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