CUPE 1091 members opted to participate in the Provincial Standardized Extended Health Care Plan, and there will be an opportunity for those individuals who have previously waived their extended health care plan to enroll in this plan. Please note that this only applies to extended health care and does not apply to dental coverage. For details, please download the attachments below.


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Although the last provincial election seems like years ago now, the reality is that the new BC NDP government led by Premier John Horgan has been in office for just six months as you read this edition of Public Employee. While much has already been accomplished, much more remains to be done after 16 years of right-wing BC Liberal government. (For a more detailed assessment of the government’s first six months, see Page 10.)


CUPE National News

Fondation de l’UQAM employees bitterly disappointed with management’s attitude

The twenty Fondation de l’UQAM employees have been without a contract since being certified in 2015. Three years in, their first collective agreement has not yet been signed, and the union members are contending with bargaining methods unworthy of a university foundation.

Fondation de l’UQAM employees are confronted by unyielding management which categorically refuses job evaluations and the implementation of known and disclosed salary scales, which are the very foundation of equity among employees.

Fewer steps means higher lifetime earnings

Cheryl Stadnichuk | CUPE Research

Ever wonder how multiple increments or steps in a wage grid affect earnings over a lifetime? It turns out more steps means lower income, especially in the initial years of working a job.

This is particularly important for CUPE’s members who are women. Numerous wage increments are far more common in female-dominated jobs. This means women workers must work longer until they make the job’s full rate (the last step on the grid). Employers like multiple steps because they save money on salaries and benefits.