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The winter edition of the quarterly member magazine from the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union, Local 378.

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  • togetherWEVE GOTFAIR TREATMENT

    AT WORK.

  • TraInInG

    energize. engage. empower: job steward seminar

    Energize. Engage, Empower. Thats the theme of COPE 378s biggest job steward training opportu-nity of 2014: our annual job steward seminar, to be held in Vancouver from March 21st to 23rd.

    The job steward seminar is a great opportunity for new stewards to get oriented to their roles and for ex-perienced stewards to gain more specialized knowledge, said Vice-President and COPE 378 Education Committee Chair Gwenne Farrell.

    The seminar traditionally kicks off with a plenary ses-sion featuring speakers from the broader labour move-ment. This years keynote speaker will be Carol Landry, the first woman international vice-president of the United Steelworkers. Landry is a long-time activist and seasoned negotiator who joined the USW in 1986 at Canada's larg-est copper mine. In 1989, when she was the only woman on a 13-member bargaining committee, Landry helped lead a 107-day strike that defeated company demands for outsourcing work, inferior wages and lack of oppor-tunities for women and technical members. Since then, Landry has led negotiations in a variety of industries and spearheaded training to encourage women to seek lead-ership positions.

    Landry will be the only plenary speaker this year, as the education committee wanted to allow stewards more time to talk about issues with people from the same bar-gaining unit or component.

    We have been listening to the feedback from our stewards and while the majority has been very positive, we also received some great, constructive suggestions for improvement. For example, this year we will be do-ing breakout sessions with the various components to allow job stewards to get updates from the union reps, Farrell explained.

    The rest of the seminar, running all day Saturday and Sunday morning, will give stewards the opportunity for more in-depth learning in a specific course. The courses that will be offered are: Job Steward levels 1 and 2, Fac-ing Management, Collective Bargaining, Youth Action, Bullying and Harassment, Stress in the Workplace, Pen-sion, and Parliamentary Procedures and Public Speaking.

    This is where people really get the opportunity to learn, share ideas, and develop new skills that they can bring back to better represent the members in their work-places, Farrell said. We have over 150 people attend the seminar every year and theres something thats useful for everyone from every kind of workplace.

    Farrell is looking forward to the seminar but notes its important to the education committee to keep solicit-ing feedback: We will be looking at further changes go-ing forward based on what the job stewards tell us they would like to see.

    "This is where

    people really get the

    opportunity to learn,

    share ideas, and

    develop new skills..."

    Gwenne Farrell

    2014 AnnUAL JOB

    STEWARD

    SEMInAR

    Vancouver

    March 21st to 23rd

    Gwenne Farrell Attendees at the 2013 Job Steward Seminar

    COPE 378 Local Voice voLuMe 9 Issue #1 winter 2014 | 19

  • wInTer 2014 edITIonbarGaInInG brIefs

    bY sheLLeY LockharT, caroL McLuskIe and kIM sMITh

    absThe collective agreement for the members at this unit expired on August 31, 2013. Bargaining is presently on hold pending Union Representative Karen Rockwells return to work. The bargaining committee consists of Nancy DeVries, Melanie Green-law, Mike Novak, Jane Tighe and Union Representative Karen Rockwell.

    aLMa MaTer socIeTYThe collective agreement expired on May 31, 2013. A tentative agreement was reached and membership voted to accept. Interest arbitration has concluded and mediator Debbie Camerons award means keeping the tentative agreement wages, as agreed to in July 2013, and reducing the term of the agreement from four years to three years. The unions bargaining committee consists of Sterling Aurel, Angela Geib and Union Representative Carrol Edwards.

    bcGeuThe collective agreement expires on March 31, 2014. Notice to com-mence bargaining will be served and the bargaining survey will be sent out soon for members input. As of press time for Local Voice the bargaining committee had not yet been elected. The committee will work with Union Representative Bon-nie Merriman.

    bc hYdroThe collective agreement for the COPE 378 members at BC Hydro will expire on March 31, 2014. A bargaining committee has been struck and proposals have been prepared based on the results of the member survey in October. The parties have not yet scheduled dates to exchange propos-als. The union will be holding membership meetings and a telephone town hall to discuss the contract and negotiations. The bargaining committee consists of Andrea Foster, April Young, Bojan Bucic, Calvin Jonas, Rysa Kronebusch and Union Representative Bar-bara Junker.

    berLITz canadaThe collective agreement expired on June 30, 2011. Berlitz has verbally proposed a rollover. The union met with employer to view the financial records and is satisfied the organization cannot offer wage increases at this time. The union has requested the employers proposal in writing and a response to the unions non-monetary proposals for consideration. There will be a membership meeting scheduled to provide status up-date. The unions bargaining committee consists of Collin Patterson and Union Representative Sarah Melsness.

    canadIan freIGhTwaYs LTd.The collective agreement for the members at this unit expired on Decem-ber 31, 2013. The bargaining committee has been selected. At this time the parties have no dates scheduled to commence bargaining. The bargaining committee consists of Sue Heidinger, Lisa Main, Wesley Rickards and Union Representative Ken Howie.

    carPenTers LocaL 1928The collective agreement expired in December 2005. The parties are scheduled to talk in the second week of January. The bargaining committee consists of Union Representative Bon-nie Merriman.

    cIaTuThe collective agreement expires on April 30, 2014. Notice to commence bargaining will be served and the bargaining survey will be sent out to the membership soon for input. As of press time for Local Voice the bargaining committee had not yet been elected. The committee will work with Union Representative Bon-nie Merriman.

    coasT MounTaIn bus co.The collective agreement for the COPE 378 members at Coast Mountain Bus expired on March 31, 2011. Presently bargaining is on hold as the par-ties cannot agree on a deal. The bargaining committee consists of Petro Koromvokis, Ray Manning, Ron Williams, Doug Fergus and Union Representative Kevin Payne.

    coasTaL coMMunITY credIT unIonThe collective agreement expired June 30, 2013. A tentative agreement was reached and ratified by members in November 2013. The tentative agreement provides for a three-year term with wage increases of 2.5 per cent back to July 2013, 2.75 per cent (July 2014), 2.75 per cent (July 2015) and increased pension contributions. The unions bargaining committee consists of Laurie Kirk, Wanda Neil, Emma OSullivan, Donna Hedley, Colleen Berge, Trisha Spring, Carolyn Davenport and Union Representative Sarah Melsness.

    coasTaL coMMunITY InsuranceThe collective agreement expired December 31, 2013. A tentative agree-ment was reached and ratified by members in November 2013. The tenta-tive agreement provides for a three-year term with wage increases of 2.5 per cent back to July 2013, 2.75 per cent (July 2014), 2.75 per cent (July 2015) and increased pension contributions and family leave. The unions bargaining committee consists of Laura White, Myra Charlton, Sunshine Defrane, Lisa Nydahl and Union Representative Sarah Melsness.

    coLLeGe of PharMacIsTs of bcThe collective agreement for the members at this unit expired on February 28, 2013. Notice to commence bargaining has been given, the members have been surveyed and the committee is scheduled to meet in January 2014 to develop proposals. The bargaining committee consists of Megi Koroveshi, Rachel Pryce-Jones and Senior Union Representative Brad Bastien.

    coLuMbIa hYdroThe bargaining between Columbia Hydro Council and Allied Hydro Coun-cil went to interest arbitration as per the collective agreement on June 14, 17 and 24, 2013. The decision of the arbitrator will be final. As of press time for Local Voice time we are awaiting the decision. Senior Union Representative Brad Bastien sits on the bargaining committee.

    coLuMbIa vaLLeY credIT unIonThe collective agreement expires June 30, 2014. COPE 378 has sent out a bargaining bulletin and survey to be completed by membership. The bar-gaining committee will be meeting late January to review survey results. The unions bargaining committee consists of Bonny MacLeod and Union Representative Sarah Melsness.

    coMMunITY savInGs credIT unIonThe collective agreement expires June 30, 2014. COPE 378 has sent out a bargaining bulletin and survey to be completed by membership. The bar-gaining committee met on January 21 to review survey results. The unions bargaining committee consists of Loralee Dallas, Graeme Hutchison and Union Representative Sarah Melsness.

    coraL cabs (rIchMond TaxI)The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2011. The bargaining committee met with the employer on January 23 and 24, 2014 to begin bargaining. The unions bargaining committee consists of Ernie Baliss and Union Representative Cathy Hirani.

    cuPe bc & LocaLsThe collective agreement expired on December 31, 2013. The bargaining surveys have been completed and COPE 378 met with the committee in January and February 2014. The bargaining committee consists of Lori Watt, Nadine Ford and Union Representative Cheryl Popeniuk.

    dw servIcesThis is a newly-organized bargaining unit. The members have ratified a tentative agreement and as