Solid progress made

Bargaining bulletin

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HEU Aramark members bargaining their first contract in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority have made steady progress over the past few weeks.

During six and half days of meetings in April, the union and the company exchanged proposals and successfully reached agreement on several non-monetary items that establish important labour relations mechanisms for Aramark workers. Agreed items include union recognition, a harassment investigation procedure, union management meetings and a grievance process.

“The bargaining committee has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time,” said HEU’s secretary-business manager Judy Darcy. “So far, both sides have worked hard to understand how the other operates, and that’s helped to settle many of the agreed items more quickly.”

Darcy says the tone of the talks indicate Aramark is serious about negotiating a first contract with the 700 workers who provide housekeeping services in 20 facilities on the Sunshine Coast and in the Lower Mainland.

Three additional meetings have been scheduled for May 18, 25 and 26. Additional dates will be set in the near future.

Bargaining committee members include:

  • Samira Rusman (Richmond Hospital)
  • Avelina Vasquez (St. Paul’s Hospital)
  • Stephen Lemarec (Lion's Gate Hospital)
  • Richard Shaw (Powell River General Hospital).

    HEU Aramark members can keep in touch with bargaining developments by going to HEU’s web site and the union’s bargaining hotline at 604-739-1515 in the Lower Mainland or toll free at 1-800-663-5318 extension 1515.

    For more information contact Noel Gulbransen regarding Aramark bargaining or Nina Dhillon regarding Aramark local servicing questions. Both are in the HEU Provincial Office and can be reached by calling 604-438-5000 or toll free at 1-800-663-5813.