City et al - Special Meeting - Tentative Agreement

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

As advised on December 16, 2016 CUPE Local 15 and the City of Vancouver reached a tentative agreement for a renewed collective agreement for members employed by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Ray-Cam Cooperative Association and Britannia Community Services Centre.

We have scheduled four information sessions on Thursday, January 19, 2017 for members to hear a detailed overview of the tentative agreement. In addition, we will conduct a membership vote on the tentative agreement at the same time.

The memorandum of agreement is attached and a summary of the most relevant changes follows the meeting information below. Our Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends acceptance of the tentative agreement to CUPE 15 members.  

I want to express my appreciation to our Bargaining Committee, who for the last nine months have worked extremely hard on your behalf to negotiate a fair, balanced, and respectful agreement. I believe they have done just that. Our Bargaining Committee is John Geppert (Chief Spokesperson), Leanne Anderson (Co-Chair), Brenda Coombs (Co-Chair), Starla Bayley, Dan Dingwall, Lorna Kao, Kyle Larson, and Carl Matricadi.

Please make every effort to attend one of the information sessions and most importantly vote on the tentative agreement. Members will need to show identification prior to receiving a ballot. There is no voting by proxy.

Information Sessions and Voting Times
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Room A - Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Information Sessions - 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Voting Time - 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • A four year term - January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.

  • General Wage Increases - 1.5% January 1, 2016, 1.5% January 1, 2017, 2.0% January 1, 2018, and 2.0% January 1, 2019 with retroactivity.

  • Regular part-time employees’ pay in lieu of benefits increases from 10.0% to 11.0%.

  • Auxiliaries, in greatly expanded circumstances, will now be entitled to the equivalent of acting pay when accepting work at a higher pay-grade.

  • Shift differentials - $0.15/hour increase.

Other Improvements

  • At the employee's request deferred vacation, banked public holidarys, retirement, and gratuity banks may be paid out.

  • Maternity Leave - the payment of the Supplemental Employment Insurance Benefit (i.e. maternity leave top up) beyond six-weeks is no longer contingent upon providing medical evidence.

  • The one hour unpaid lunch break may be shortened where operationally required, or desired and operationally feasible.

  • Auxiliaries working more than six hours shall now have paid rest period(s) (i.e. paid coffee breaks). Where operationally feasible, auxiliaries working six hours or less will also be entitled to a paid rest period.

  • Regularized employees who, via posting, promote into a higher paid temporary full-time position will be entitled to a permanent job at that higher pay grade after two years in the temporary position.

  • Regular part-time employees accepting posted temporary full-time jobs will be immediately placed on regular full-time benefits.

  • Auxiliaries will be entitled to 32 consecutive hours free from work each week or receive overtime pay.

  • Long Term Disability – A Joint Committee will be formed to determine the feasibility, design, and recommend how the parties might introduce a Long Term Disability Plan for employees.

  • Auxiliary Status Review - A Joint Committee will be formed to review the hours worked by auxiliaries and consider whether employees should be converted, or positions be posted, as regular full-time or regular part-time.


  • Generic drugs will now be automatically substituted for equivalent name brand pharmaceuticals.

  • Pharmaceutical dispensing fees will be capped at the maximum payable by BC Pharmacare.

  • Group Life Insurance for employees will end at age 75.

  • Optional Group Life Insurance purchased by employees will not extend beyond age 69.

  • There will now be an increased obligation upon employees to recover and reimburse the employer for sick banks used as a result of third-party liability matters (e.g. to recover from ICBC sick days resulting from a motor vehicle accident and to pay the monies recovered back to the employer).

  • The employer also gave notice to extinguish or change a large number of non-contractual past practices including Parks’ employees use of recreation facilities; boot/clothing/uniform allowances; paid time for putting on/removing uniforms; “tipping” for golf course food and beverage employees; and premium pay for Environmental Protection personnel.
City et al Memorandum of Agreement.pdf6.06 MB