Compass VIHA talks resume July 31

Bargaining bulletin

Negotiations covering 700 HEU members on Vancouver Island who work for Compass Group will continue later this month with the assistance of a labour board mediator.

HEU’s Compass/VIHA bargaining committee wrapped up three days of talks Wednesday with some agreement on language issues but with no progress on monetary issues.

The union tabled wage proposals in April but Compass has so far not responded with its own position.

Mediator Grant McArthur will meet with HEU’s committee and Compass for three days starting July 31.

HEU’s bargaining spokesperson Heather Compton says that the tone of negotiations this week was much improved over previous sessions with the employer.

“The committee is hopeful that we are able to continue this dialogue at the end of the month with the mediator’s assistance,” says Compton.

In the meantime, the union will be reporting out to members on progress at the bargaining table at a series of meetings next week.

  • July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria General Hospital cafeteria
  • July 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Room G235 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan