CUPE 3495, QMUNITY sign off on new collective agreement

October 6, 2020

VANCOUVER—CUPE Local 3495, representing a range of workers who provide peer
support, education, counselling, social work, and fundraising services, and QMUNITY,
B.C.’s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre, have ratified a new collective
agreement that includes wage increases and various improvements to benefits and
other contract language.

The new collective agreement, retroactive to January 1, 2020 and running until March
31, 2023, includes wage matching to comparable classifications in the Community
Social Services provincial agreement, applied to all three steps of each classification. It
also includes a general wage increase of 3 per cent in the final year of the agreement.
The contract includes benefit improvements for bereavement and compassionate care
leave, increases for parental leave, and an agreement to establish a joint review
process for introducing an affordable pension plan by June 30, 2021.

The previous collective agreement expired on December 31, 2019. On August 20, the
CUPE 3495 bargaining committee presented the union’s proposals to QMUNITY. The
parties were able to secure a tentative agreement after just two more days of
negotiations.

“We are pleased that our collective interests came together in a process that was
constructive, respectful and quick. Our agreement gives QMUNITY stability and ensures
consistency with the larger community social services sector,” said QMUNITY Interim
Executive Director Tim Agg.

CUPE 3495 Bargaining Committee member Jeylan Bishop said the Local was
“extremely pleased” with the respectful and positive communication from QMUNITY at
the bargaining table.

“We believe that the work of our members is valued through the terms of this
agreement,” said Bishop. “The new contract also reflects a shared desire by both
parties to address recruitment and retention challenges now and in the future.”

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