North Island College Cupe Collective Agreement

Although the negotiations were concluded at the beginning of May, it took several weeks for the Union to adapt its democratic structures to new platforms. Online voting and a virtual assembly of members allowed collaborators from all parts of the college and various communities on the North Island to participate, although they did not have access to the usual campus conference facilities that connect members to multiple campuses. Staff at North Island College, represented by CUPE 3479, celebrate the successful conclusion of collective bargaining, which required a number of adjustments to meet the challenges of COVID-19. In addition to improvements for part-time and part-time workers, the new agreement also introduced new leave provisions for victims of domestic violence and their families, improved health care and an update of equality throughout the agreement. CUPE 3479 represents North Island College staff in the municipalities of Port Hardy, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Courtenay. “From the beginning, the negotiations have been respectful and productive and we want to recognize the important role of the college in cooperation through the process,” Waite said. “Our members entered into these negotiations with the aim of: “We have seen that temporary workers, auxiliary workers and casual workers have been among the first to be affected by the downsizing. C, which only doubled our resolve, which doubled our determination to downsize. to achieve improvements for these precarious workers. “Our members work on a service area of more than 80,000 square kilometres and have found that these new platforms do have a positive impact on participation and democratic decision-making,” Waite said. “If we leave this current situation behind, we will think about how to integrate online technologies into our ongoing work to significantly improve our union.”

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