SFU workers set to hold strike vote
A union representing 1,200 support workers at Simon Fraser University has scheduled a strike vote for September 25 to 27.
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3338, whose members work at SFU's Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey campuses, says the move follows two years of "fruitless talks".
“After listing all the things that CUPE 3338 members should be willing to give up, the employer has refused to seriously consider a single one of our proposals,” local president Lynne Fowler said in a news release today (September 10). “We have been told that there is money in the university budget, but the employer won’t tell us how much. They have also said they fully intend to use any money available to try to fix the ailing SFU Pension Plan.”
According to the union, its main issues are job security, inflation protection, and wages.
If CUPE Local 3338 members vote for a strike mandate, the union could serve 72-hour strike notice and take legal job action, such as a strike.