CUPE Local 500 > News/Media > Local News > HEALTH CARE BARGAINING UPDATE #18


June 30, 2022 at 3:01 PM

CUPE met with the mediator, Mr. Arne Peltz, on June 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  Mediation will continue July 28th and 29th and August 29th and 30th.

The parties were able to resolve, with the assistance of the mediator, the outstanding proposals around seniority and bumping.

CUPE continued to meet with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services (PHLRS) to finalize negotiation of the Letters of Understanding and any changes to the pension and benefits articles on June 8th and 15th.  We were able to resolve many of the benefits articles including the pre retirement leave.  Only a few remain outstanding.  The Letters of Understandings have been referred to the mediator. 

The language that remains before the mediator is about vacation (single days vs. blocks), union representation at meetings, how STAT days will be taken, sick time on pick-up shifts, training and education funding, uniforms/safety shoes monetary matters including shift premiums. 

Rumors continue to circulate.  Specific details about what monetary items have been agreed to have not been shared.  So anything you may hear about that is not true.  We cannot share specific details yet because there is the possibility things may change before we are done bargaining.  Until the members vote on the collective agreement or a collective agreement is awarded through an arbitrator at binding arbitration, nothing is fully agreed to. 

There is a petition being circulated regarding mileage rates.  Please take the time to fill out the petition.  The last petition was extremely successful and we hope this one will help add pressure to the government.

We have updated the Strike Question and Answer sheets which will be shared at your sites as well as electronically. 

Please make sure we have your most recent contact information, including cell phone number and personal email.  We do not use work contact information to reach you for union business.