All Local 963 members are invited to attend a Special General Membership meeting on Saturday November 16, 2019 starting at 10:00 am at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. We have been informed by the Vancouver School Board of significant changes to our cafeteria system which is of great concern to your union. Full details will be made available from the VSB on November 13, 2019.
The purpose of this Special General Membership meeting is to discuss our response to this report. Hope to see all Cafeteria workers in attendance for this important meeting.
The local will be electing three (3) members to attend Canadian Labour Congress Winter School training at Harrison Hot Springs in the new year. The local will pay the registration fee, which includes room and board and wages for one week.
Local union policy requires, among other things, that applicants have attended a minimum of four General Membership meetings in the current year to be eligible to attend Winter School. Those who attended last year are not eligible to apply this year.
If you are eligible and interested in taking a labour studies course please respond BY FAX to 604-876-5687 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org BY TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2019. The three members will be chosen by vote at the General Membership meeting on November 2, 2019.
On Saturday October 5, 2019 IUOE Local 963 members voted 92% IN FAVOUR of accepting the Provincial Framework Agreement (“PFA”) and the Local Memorandum of Agreement.
Members also voted 86% TO REJECT joining the Standardized Extended Health Plan, meaning we will maintain our existing EHB benefits.
Thank you to all members who attended Saturday’s General Membership meeting.
September 24, 2019
After a lengthy bargaining session on Monday September 23, 2019 the Local Union and Vancouver School Board have reached a tentative collective agreement.
There will be a ratification vote on SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019 AT THE CROATIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 3250 COMMERCIAL DRIVE, VANCOUVER, COMMENCING AT 10:00 AM.
A presentation of all contract amendments will take place at this meeting. This will include,
-A vote on whether to keep our existing Extended Health Benefit Plan or move to the provincially-negotiated Standardized Benefit Plan;
-A vote to adopt or reject the tentative local agreement AND the Provincial Framework Agreement.
Membership voting will take place after the presentation.
After 9 sessions of bargaining with representatives of the Vancouver School Board the parties are heading in a positive direction towards reaching a local settlement. A further bargaining session will be held September 23, 2019 after a comprehensive meeting with Board negotiators yesterday. We are hopeful that the parties will be able to conclude a revised collective agreement on that day.