In December, more than 1,700 City staff in CUPE Local 30’s jurisdiction voted on a settlement offer from the City. On December 12, CUPE advised the City the result of the vote was to accept the City’s settlement offer. On December 13, City Council also voted to accept the offer, and thereby created a ratified collective agreement. Administration immediately began the process of implementing the new collective agreement.
On December 18, CUPE advised that it cannot let the first vote stand and it wishes to conduct another vote early in the new year. This is unfortunate and unprecedented.
In a bulletin on its website and social media, CUPE made allegations that suggest the City was at fault for the problems they identified with the first ratification vote and its concerns with the outcome. The two allegations are factually inaccurate.
- Specifically, in relation to the suggestion that the City failed to provide an accurate list of employees eligible to vote, at no time was such a list requested by CUPE. Had it been requested, it would have been immediately provided. The City did provide a list of employees from whom union dues were collected, as is required in the collective agreement.
- Further, in relation to the suggestion that the City’s communication to employees in CUPE positions about polling station locations and times contained inaccurate information about polling times, a draft of that communication was provided to CUPE for review in order to ensure that its contents were accurate before it was sent to CUPE employees. A CUPE representative confirmed, in writing, that the communication was “ok” before it was sent to the members. Further, the City was not made aware of any concerns from CUPE regarding the polling times until after the polls had closed.
The City extended its full cooperation both by offering polling stations at worksites and providing time off to vote, so the implication that the City did not support employee participation is completely unfounded.
The City will continue to proceed as it would with any other ratified agreement. See CUPE Local 30 Details of Settlement 2019 - 2020 Collective Agreement for more information.