Bargaining in contracted support service sector heats up later this summer
Bargaining for more than 4,000 HEU members who work in support services for some of the biggest multinationals on the planet will be in full swing later this summer.
Already, HEU bargainers who work for Compass in Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care returned in mid-August for their second round of talks for a first collective agreement. And in quick succession, employer-HEU bargaining tables will meet over the next seven weeks to begin talks for 11 more collective agreements and continue bargaining for one other first-time agreement.
But even though talks with Acciona, Aramark, Compass-Marquise and Sodexo are only just getting underway, bargaining teams and local activists have been busy throughout the summer.
Many support service locals held picnics to bring workers and their families together to build on the solidarity across the membership. Plus, local activists are helping their bargaining teams stay in touch with members ahead of the official start of talks.
“Over the summer, HEU held many planning, preparation and solidarity events,” said HEU bargaining spokesperson Bob Wilson. “Now with bargaining getting underway, members are ready to get rolling to win better wages and greater job security.”
HEU bargainers will negotiate
13 collective agreements this fall. Here’s a rundown on when negotiations are expected to be underway:
- Marquise Fraser Health and Island Health