CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Monday, October 31, 2005

HEU reaches first contract with ARAMARK Corporation

The Hospital Employees’ Union has reached a tentative first contract with ARAMARK Corporation that improves wages and guarantees other rights and protections for 700 cleaners working in health facilities operated by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

HEU is recommending the settlement to its ARAMARK members who will take part in ratification votes to be held over the next two weeks.

The tentative collective agreement raises the hourly wage rate from $10.67 to $12.47 upon ratification by incorporating temporary bonuses and a wage adjustment into the pay grid. Workers also receive a signing bonus.

Additional increases over the next two years will bring the hourly wage to $13.05 by October, 2007.

“This agreement provides an immediate and much-needed financial boost for our members and their families,” says HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy. “And better wages will reduce staff turnover and improve services to patients and the public.”

In addition to wage increases, the tentative contract includes a comprehensive grievance procedure, harassment protections and seniority and other workplace rights.

“It’s been a long road for our ARAMARK members and they should be very proud of what they’ve been able to achieve,” says Darcy. “This is a significant first step towards recognizing the critical role they play on the health care team.”

More than 3,000 workers employed by ARAMARK and its competitors, Sodexho and Compass, have joined the HEU since health support services were privatized by some BC health authorities beginning in 2003.
We generally stay with university news, but as we have Aramark here at the university, it was felt that it is important to show this item.


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