In other UBID news, the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced UBID workers voted to join CUPE 556 in a Labour Relations Board certification on Nov. 14. The four workers include inside administration and outside public works staff who maintain the water treatment plant and streetlights.
“These workers provide the same services as the members we represent in surrounding communities,” CUPE 556 president Karen Garrett said in a news release. “We are so pleased to welcome them into our growing union.”
She said the CUPE local is looking forward to working with the group on bargaining for their first contract, adding the Union Bay community is expecting to see significant growth in the near future.
CUPE 556, Comox Valley Municipal Workers, represents municipal workers in the Comox Valley, including the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, the Comox Valley Regional District and Hornby Island, as well as the Union Bay Improvement District, south of Courtenay.
Help offerd by a past Union bay Improvement District trustee Jim Elliot;
I hope the board doesn’t allow the administration to do the bargaining on UBIDs behalf. CUPE will have their area rep at the table and we need an experienced person on UBIDs side. If the board would like any insite into the process I would be happy to speak to them. In a first collective agreement it is so important to get good language that everyone can live with