Welcome to the website of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 963, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. INQUIRIES FOR CONSTRUCTION, PIPELINE WORK, ETC. SHOULD BE MADE TO LOCAL 115, BURNABY, B.C.

You can contact us by phone at 604-876-6287. Our office is located at 707 Durward Ave in Vancouver. Click here to e-mail the union with any questions you may have.

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September 17, 2014

Teachers' Pickets Down Thursday

Teachers represented by VESTA (elementary) and VSTA (secondary) have advised that they will not be picketing on Thursday September 18th as teachers will be conducting a province-wide contract ratification vote.

Remember the basics: Report to work at your usual time. If you find a picket line, do not cross. If you do not find a picket line you are to report for work as normal.

September 16, 2014

Local settlement reached with Vancouver School Board

On Monday September 15, 2014 your local bargaining committee reached a Memorandum of Settlement with the Vancouver School Board.

There are no changes to the collective agreement except for language negotiated in the Provincial Framework Agreement.

There will be a ratification vote on Saturday September 20, 2014 at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC. starting at 10:00 am.

A presentation of all contract amendments will take place at this meeting. Membership voting will take place immediately following the presentation.

September 10, 2014

VSB letter regarding Payroll and Benefit Inquiries During Labour Dispute

The following is from VSB Payroll & Benefits Department:

Dear union and association presidents,

We are receiving a number of queries regarding benefits during the strike and would like to confirm the status with you for your members’ information:

1. Benefits staff are CUPE members and not considered essential services under the Labor Relations Board ruling, therefore there is no benefits staff available to answer telephones or emails about benefits or process changes/enrolments/benefit billings/deposit benefit payment cheques or provide overage student confirmations to colleges and post-secondary institutions who have opt-out deadlines for students.

2. Employees can access dependent confirmation through Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) http://www.pac.bluecross.ca if their overage dependent student was already enrolled prior to this school year. Enquiries on how to log onto PBC site should be directed to Pacific Blue Cross at 604-419-2600 . Members of IUOE 963, CUPE 15 & CUPE 407 may view their benefits at https://www.pebt.ca or Caresnet. This confirmation of coverage should satisfy post-secondary opt-out requirements.

3. Employees who normally pay a portion of their benefit premiums while working, through payroll deductions, will have their normal benefit deductions go into arrears for any pay periods that they are without pay. This means that on the first pay they receive when they return to work, or any pay out they may receive during the strike, will have benefit arrears deducted from their pay automatically.

4. We have not been given any instructions from BCPSEA to cancel benefit coverage for employees on strike. Any employees who had their benefits terminated were due to lay off status or resignation or for moving into a position that made them ineligible for benefit continuation. (i.e. permanent SSA resigns and asks to be only “on call” effective Sept 1, 2014)

5. Employees who did not have benefits prior to September 1, 2014 but would have been eligible for benefits if the strike had not occurred, will not be enrolled in benefits until the first of the month following the month they actually start working in the position. This is an eligibility rule contained in the Pacific Blue Cross contract that Benefit Administrators (the District) cannot enroll a newly eligible employee into the benefit plan if they have not yet reported to work. This means employees who received appointment letters and who were not already enrolled in the group benefit plans, will be delayed in their benefit eligibility date until the strike is over.

6. Errors to pay as a result of benefit processing (or not processing) will not be reconciled during the strike. Notifications of such errors should be reported to payrollandbenefits@vsb.bc.ca and will be reviewed after the strike.

7. Purchase of pension applications will not be processed during the strike. They can still be forwarded to Human Resources by mail or scanned email to payrollandbenefits@vsb.bc.ca during the strike.

8. Information pertaining to retirement will not be available during the strike.

9. General enquiries regarding life insurance, beneficiaries and upgrades to coverage will not be processed during the strike.

10. Employees should only send one email to payrollandbenefits@vsb.bc.ca to notify VSB of their issue. This email is being monitored by skeleton payroll staff, who are responding only to the payroll issues. For benefits issues, the emails are being forwarded to benefits staff, who are not in the office, and copied to me. Please do not expect a response from Benefits until the strike is over. I will respond as soon as possible if your issue is determined to be an emergency.

We hope this list will assist you in clarifying the status of benefits with your members during the full strike. As you can imagine, there is a significant backlog and delays in processing will continue once the strike is over. Your assistance with helping people understand the situation is greatly appreciated.

September 8, 2014

Re-payable Emergency Assistance-NEW DATES

Members who have not received Re-Payable Emergency Assistance and are still interested in taking advantage the Local's program please note there will be another opportunity to apply on Thursday September 11, 2014 and Monday September 15, 2014 (from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on both days) at the union office, 707 Durward Ave., Vancouver.

Please bring picture I.D. with you.

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IUOE Local 963
Upcoming Events

October 4, 2014
General Membership Meeting
10:00 am
Maritime Labour Center
Meeting Room #20 - 1880 Triumph St., Vancouver

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