VANCOUVER, Sept. 19, 2019 /PR/ – This week, the City of Vancouver and the Union of Canadian Public Employees ` (CUPE) Local 1004, which represent outside city employees and employees of the Vancouver Parks Board, opened collective bargaining in the first of a series of negotiations taking place this fall on BC`s south coast. The union identified affordability as a key topic in the negotiations. Statistics Canada`s inflation figures for Vancouver in 2016, 2017 and 2018 show average increases of 2.4 per cent per year. BC Stats reports that inflation in Vancouver remained above 2 per cent in August and inflation in Vancouver has exceeded the Canadian average every month since at least June 2017, the date mentioned earlier in the report. The union refers to these figures as representative of the current crisis in the affordability of its members. CUPE 1004 represents over 1500 employees of the City of Vancouver and the Park Board. Almost all collective agreements between municipal workers and their South Coast employers expire over the next two years, affecting more than 20,000 workers in communities ranging from Pemberton to Hope. “Our members love working for the city and serving the public, and they take great care of the different communities that make up the City of Vancouver,” said Andrew Ledger, President of CUPE 1004. “Unfortunately, it has become increasingly affordable for many of our members to live in the communities they serve.” The Union of Canadian Public Employees is Canada`s largest union, with more than 680,000 members across Canada and more than 97,000 in British Columbia. “Whether it`s workers who travel long distances to work in a municipality where they can`t afford or employers who are losing a highly skilled and skilled workforce from more affordable communities, the current dynamic is not sustainable,” Ledger said.
“We already know that the annual rent increases allowed for 2020 will be 2.6 per cent, which will further increase the impressive rental market in Vancouver.” SEIU Healthcare, OCHU-CUPE and Unifor support changes. For more information: Andrew Ledger, CUPE 1004 Chair: 604-418-9550; Steven Beasley, CUPE National Communications Representative: 778-903-7394 Union is concerned that its members can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve….