CUPE 4627 Support Staff at VCC Voice Concerns with BC Government

by Stephen Petrina on November 1, 2012

CUPE 4627, support staff at Vancouver Community College, reported bargaining delays traced to the BC government Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC). Despite increases in salaries of managers, PSEC insists on holding the balance of public employees in the province to a net zero worker mandate. CUPE 4627 report

In an unusual move, the employer helped out by closing the facilities and putting up notices that there would be no classes. The faculty association is also on side. Visit the CUPE gallery for photos of CUPE 4627 members on the picket line.

CUPE 4627 head steward Jo Hansen says the problem isnt the employer, but the BC Liberal provincial government. She says negotiations were completed months ago and are only being held up now by government advisor Lee Doney and the Public Sector Employers Council. The local has been without a contract since 2010.