CUPE 387 thanks members for their patience in waiting for the new collective agreement. It is undergoing a major overhaul so that it will be more user friendly and easier to find the items you want. The final reviews have been made and we hope to have the new electronic and hard copies available by the end of the year.
In the meantime, the previous Collective Agreement together with the new Memorandum of Understanding contain all the details.
Please call the CUPE 387 office for any inquiries or concerns.
MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE
Over the years, the Union has successfully worked with the City of New Westminster to address many issues regarding physical health in the workplace including office ergonomics and low stress seats for truck drivers.
Two years ago, Business Manager George Habib took the initiative to approach the employer about mental health in the workplace. He felt it is best to be proactive and not wait until someone is dealing with a long term disability.
Over the past two years the Union and the employer have worked closely together to reach a solution. As a result the City should soon select a mental health care provider to work with the staff. Several providers have presented workshops on their services and the City and Union are evaluating them before making a decision.
UPDATE: A service provider has been chosen and as soon as the contract has been signed, training of staff will begin. Training will begin with managers and supervisors and will include all staff. Watch for more information.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Executive Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm at the CUPE 387 office.
General Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm at the Centennial Community Centre.
We encourage you to attend the general meetings, so the executive can keep you up to date on union business and learn of your concerns.
CUPE 387 supports on-going education for all its members, not just the executive. Take a look at the upcoming seminars and workshops offered by CUPE BC and CUPE National. If you see something you would like to attend, please contact George Habib.
CUPE 387 FEATURED IN THE PIFFLE
In case you missed it, George Habib was on the cover of the September issue of the Piffle. In the article inside, George talks about CUPE 387 in the workplace and the community. You can read it in the Piffle online.
CUPE 387 FEATURED IN CUPE NATIONAL PUBLICATION
Check out the article in CUPE National's Spring 2017 issue of Tabletalk. The publication highlights CUPE 387's bargaining process and how the union was able to come to a new agreement that features a long llist of improvements.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every worker has the right to refuse unsafe work. For example, a fear of heights could make it unsafe to perform tasks while on a ladder. If you feel the work you have been assigned is unsafe, talk to your supervisor.