Human Rights Workshop – October 14, 2023

-Circulating on behalf of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA)-

Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA), in partnership with the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC), is hosting a FREE workshop about human rights for racialized workers on Saturday October 14 from 10:00am to 1:30pm.

While ACLA recognized that racism is deeply rooted in all aspects of the settler colonial state of so-called Canada, we know that young, newcomer, international students, and/or temporary foreign workers may be particularly vulnerable due to their lack of understanding of their rights under the BC Human Rights Code, and the channels through which they can lodge complaints and seek legal support. We especially encourage such workers to attend this workshop.

Food will be provided for participants, free of charge.

For more details about the workshop, location, and learning objectives, please see the poster below and this registration link.

The workshop will have a high facilitator-to-participants ratio, in order to foster engagement and small-group discussions. Space is limited, so please register early!

VDLC Anti-Racism Committee’s Second Annual Webinar on Addressing Workplace Racism

This year’s theme: “Looking at Workplace Racism Through a Legal Lens”

WHO: All workers who want to learn and share about racism and anti-racism at work.

WHAT: In this webinar, Andrea Wong (Federation of Post-Secondary Educators) explores how we can expand our understanding of workplace racism in the context of labour, human rights, and occupational health and safety law. Discussion will focus on how workers can utilize legal frameworks to make racism and its effects more visible.

WHEN: Sunday November 5, 2023 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

WHERE: Online Zoom Meeting courtesy of VDLC. Register HERE

WHY: To continue our work with allies to build an anti-racist labour movement, strengthen our solidarity, fight workplace racism, and amplify strategies and actions already taken.

(Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link)

District of North Vancouver workers ratify new contract

October 5, 2023

NORTH VANCOUVER – CUPE 389 members who work for the District of North Vancouver have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The agreement is a significant step forward in addressing both affordability challenges workers face and recruitment and retention issues.

“We believe that a well-supported workforce translates into superior services for our residents, and creates stability for local businesses,” said CUPE 389 President Yvette Mercier. “We’re confident this new agreement helps ease the financial pressures workers are facing while also ensuring residents continue to receive the quality public services they count on.”

The three-year deal provides wage increases of 3 percent in 2022, 4.5 percent in 2023 and 4 percent in 2024. It also includes a one-time, 4.5 percent inflationary support payment applied on 2022 wages.

Other key improvements include full coverage of dental and extended health premiums and an increase to mental health paramedical coverage.

“CUPE 389 members are proud to provide services to residents, businesses, and visitors. We look forward to continuing to work with the District to cultivate a positive and progressive work environment, address recruitment and retention challenges, and elevate the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors alike,” adds Mercier.

CUPE Local 389 is a composite local that represents approximately 2,600 workers on the North Shore, including workers at the North Vancouver School District #44, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, District and City Libraries, North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Northlands Golf Course, Northshore Neighbourhood House, the Village of Lions Bay, and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives.

Reminder: Cast your vote!

Reminder to all members to cast your vote regarding the Notice of Motion “Increase dues from 2% to 3%”

Polling will end October 03, 2023.  Please check your email for your voting link.

If you have not received your voting link, please ensure you have updated your contact information: 

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CUPE 389 – City of North Vancouver Bargaining Update – August 28, 2023

CUPE 389 – City of North Vancouver Bargaining Update

August 28, 2023

Your bargaining team met with the City of North Vancouver for a full day of negotiations on August 24, 2023 and we are pleased to report that it was a very productive day of negotiations.

The City will no longer be using Metro Vancouver’s Regional Employers Services (RES) 360 for bargaining – this means that moving forward we will be negotiating directly with the City of North Vancouver.

At our last bargaining date, we were able to engage in meaningful discussion with the employer and the committee feels we are making good progress towards addressing your key bargaining priorities.

We have four additional bargaining dates scheduled in the first half of September. We’re optimistic that this will allow us to gain some momentum at the bargaining table and get us closer to reaching a tentative agreement.

To keep updated on this round of negotiations please make sure CUPE Local 389 has your personal email. Please visit our website here to update your contact info if needed.

If you have any questions, please ensure you attend our membership meetings. We hold them on Zoom for easy access and you can find all the dates on our website.

— Your CUPE 389 City Bargaining Committee