Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union at University of B.C.'S Vancouver Campus Votes Strongly for Job Action

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union at University of B.C.'S Vancouver Campus Votes Strongly for Job Action

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Union job action looming at University of B.C.

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VANCOUVER - Unionized maintenance workers at the University of British Columbia's main Vancouver campus are threatening to walk off the job if a contract dispute is not resolved.

The International Union of Operating Engineers says 100 of its members who work on the heating and cooling systems at the university's Point Grey campus have voted unanimously in favour of job action.

Union Local business manager Adrian David says the workers have been without a contract for three years and are upset they could lose retroactive pay of about $2,500 per member if they reject what the union says are concession demands.

University officials have already said they don't believe classes will be affected if picket lines appear.

The union must issue 72-hour notice before job action can begin and the university says it could also seek an essential service designation from the Labour Relations Board of B. …

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