CUPE 387 – Bargaining Update September 1

Special Membership Meeting Recap

Last week we held three special membership meetings to give a detailed update on this round of bargaining. Thank you so much to all the members that made time to attend one of the meetings.

We hope we were able to answer your questions and give everyone a sense of what could happen next with bargaining. We know this round of negotiations has taken longer than you may have expected, and your continued support is greatly appreciated.

After hearing directly from the membership, we feel confident continuing to pursue your key priorities and push for meaningful discussion of those priorities at the bargaining table.

Update on Group Grievances

The union has recently filed two important grievances directly related to key bargaining proposals. One is related to the payment of sick leave in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and one on the definition and use of auxiliary employees.

Next Steps

Your bargaining committee will be doing site visits over the next couple weeks. We want to make sure as many members as possible have a chance to ask questions about bargaining and the process around taking a strike vote as well as raising any workplace concerns you may have.

Watch for the schedule to be posted on our Facebook page and website – it will also be emailed out later this week or first thing after the long weekend.

Our next bargaining date is Friday, September 15 and it will be a pivotal date. We have been bargaining for almost a full year and to negotiate a new contract we need for the employers to engage in meaningful discussion about your key issues. As discussed at the special membership meetings if the pace of negotiations does not change, we will have to significantly adjust our negotiating strategy moving forward.

Please watch for an important email update following this bargaining date.

The best way to make sure you receive all future bargaining updates is to regularly monitor the CUPE 387 website and also ensure CUPE 387 has your contact information by emailing your personal (non-work) email address to

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by email at