Update for Vancouver Art Gallery Members

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We are writing today with a brief update regarding the Vancouver Art Gallery.

First of all, the meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. is a General Membership meeting for all CUPE Local 15 members. We hold these monthly meetings nine times a year to discuss the business of the union with all its members. You are certainly welcome to participate in the proceedings, however please understand this is not a town hall presentation specific to the Gallery. We will be in touch with a date for such a meeting once the new agreement is finalized.

We have received multiple inquiries about the proposed work share agreement. The Gallery is still exploring this option; it is not a done deal. This arrangement between Employment Insurance Canada and the employer would only be put into place as a means to support the workers impacted by work reductions. It is not meant to further reduce the amount of work you do, but to top up the hours you may temporarily lose.  If your position receives work reduction, you will be personally approached with the work share agreement and will have the option to participate. Let us be clear: while work reduction is not optional, utilizing the work share program to support your income is. Both parties strongly believe it is a viable option to subsidize the loss in income. Further details will be shared once the new agreement is finalized.

The past few months have been traumatic on many levels. The stress on our households, neighbourhoods, governments, and global communities are at an all time high. It is time for partnerships to stand strong and voices to be heard. The union is advocating for your rights, but these are the rights as explicitly stated in the collective agreement. We pull from our resources to ensure any future action taken or agreements made uphold the principles of that agreement. But you, too, have a role to play; you, too, have a voice. We must navigate through the challenges ahead together. Your participation is critical to our success as a whole. We encourage you to not only bring your concerns to us, but to reach out to your supervisors when you need clarity. We will continue to do our best to provide information as it comes.

Thank you for your continued support.

In solidarity,

Gail Johnson, CUPE 15 Staff Rep

Noel Graves, CUPE15 Cultural Sector Representative