Creston Valley library workers ratify new agreement

CRESTON – CUPE 4959 and the Creston Library Association have signed off on a new collective agreement that includes a range of provisions and expanded benefits that will have a positive impact on families in the Valley, the local said today.

“We want to acknowledge the positive relationship with Creston’s new Chief Librarian, Saara Itkonen,” said CUPE 4959 President Gail Southall. “We hope this agreement and the productive discussions at the bargaining table will help those good relations continue well into the future.”

The revised agreement includes new language covering a wide variety of important topics. Some new provisions address precarious work and introduce leave for workers required to care for sick family members as well as those who have experienced domestic violence. The new contract also expands existing benefits to include same sex partners, and introduces new policy and procedures to prevent or respond to workplace harassment.

“Workers are especially pleased with the addition of leave and benefit provisions, as well as the measures to address precarity,” said Southall. “Ultimately, each of these provisions strengthen our community by providing necessary support to families, which—in a small town like Creston—can have profound, positive, community-wide impacts.”

The five-year agreement features a 10-per-cent cumulative wage increase in addition to other adjustments resulting from changes to the minimum wage in British Columbia. Workers at the Creston Valley Public Library have been working without a contract since the past agreement expired in December of 2017.

November 29, 2018

Victoria Regional District and workers reach deal, agree to address precarious work

Members of CUPE 1978, representing municipal workers at the Capital Regional District, in Victoria, B.C., ratified a new collective agreement today.

“Our members have been working hard for months to reach a fair deal, and that hard work has resulted in key improvements for Capital Regional District workers,” said CUPE 1978 President Rick Illi.

The four-year agreement includes annual wage increases and a provision for the parties to address regularization of auxiliary staff, a key point of the negotiations given the Capital Regional District’s approximately 375 auxiliary staff.

“In addition to limited job security, auxiliary workers are denied many of the benefits provided to regular staff, which we think is unacceptable. This agreement provides an opportunity for us to seek a resolution to their precarity through the creation of new regular permanent and part-time positions,” said Illi.

The tentative agreement was reached on August 14, following two days of mediated talks.

CUPE 1978 represents approximately 1,200 members in the Greater Victoria region, including more than 750 members who work for the CRD and provide important community services for residents and businesses.

August 23, 2018

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Precarious Workers Survey


Hello All,

In the next week or so a steward in your branch will speak with you about the precarious worker survey that CUPE BC has launched.  We were chosen to participate and we are hoping to get as many as possible of our auxiliary, temporary, and part-time workers to fill out the survey.


The deadline for completing the survey is December 16th.  The CUPE survey site says to allow 10-15 minutes for completion but if you have comments to make, please allow yourself more time.  This survey is very important and we want the best results possible!


From CUPE BC website:

CUPE is concerned about precarious work, but in order to address the problem we need to understand your needs better.  We want to find out the issues you face at work, and in your life as a result of your work.  Once we compile all the information, we can work on some solutions together.

Precarious work is characterized by a lack of job security, unpredictable schedules, low or inferior levels of pay, reduced worker control over workload, limited or no access to health and welfare benefits.  Employer pressure for workplace ‘flexibility’ often leads to more part-time and term work, and less full-time regularized work.


Please do not hesitate to contact your executive, or stewards, with any questions.

Many thanks,
CUPE 410 executive

Precarious workers video from Toronto Public Library

Watch this “…informative and emotional short film (19 minutes)…”  posted on the Our Public Library website sponsored by the Toronto Public Library Workers Union:



City Council’s neglect of Our Public Library regrettably extends to the people who work there. Precarious Work at the Toronto Public Library: Toronto’s Challenge reveals both the dedication to public service and the struggle to make ends meet by the 50 per cent of TPL workers who work in jobs that are part-time, insecure and without the normal benefits, including pensions, of most other City workers.”     – excerpt from Our Public Library website