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Update on IRCC Contract

Thursday, January 19, 2017
All Members at Burnaby English Language Centre

This is in follow up to our January 17 bulletin in which we shared information provided to us by the employer to the effect that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has amended their offer of a contract extension from 2018 to 2020. As previously noted, this amended offer includes additional cuts in the years following 2018.

Specifically, in addition to the 2017/2018 cuts previously announced, and discussed in membership meetings, the employer has informed us that IRCC is cutting $100,000 from the budget for 2018/2019 and $90,000 for 2019/2020.

The employer is required to submit a budget to IRCC by January 24. The employer has indicated that they intend to propose the following methods of accommodating the reduced budget, in addition to the previously noted 2017/2018 cuts:

Contract Year April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019:

One additional full time class to be closed and one full time class to be changed to AM only effective April 1, 2018.

School Closure Dates

School Closure Dates
Evening Only

July 30 - August 31, 2018  
September 7 & 21, 2018 September 6 & 20, 2018
October 5 & 19, 2018 October 4 &18, 2018
November 2, 16 & 30, 2018 November 1, 15 & 29, 2018
December 14, 2018 December 13, 2018
December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019  
January 11 & 25, 2019 January 10 & 24, 2019
February 8 & 22, 2019 February 7 & 21, 2019
March 8 & 29, 2019 March 7 & 28, 2019
March 11 - 22, 2019  

Contract Year April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020:

One evening class to be closed, and two full time classes to change to AM only effective April 1, 2019.

School Closure Dates

School Closure Dates
Evening Only

July 19, 2019 July 18, 2019
July 29 - August 30, 2019  
September 6 & 20, 2019 September 5 & 19, 2019
October 4 & 18, 2019 October 3, 17 & 31, 2019
November 1, 15 & 29, 2019 November 14 & 28, 2019
December 13, 2019 December 12, 2019
December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020  
Jan 10 & 24, 2020  
February 7 & 21, 2020 Feb 6 & 20, 2020
March 6, 2020 March 5, 2020
March 16 - 27, 2020  

No wage increase on April 1, 2019 (2017/2018 wage increases would still apply).

We have also been notified that the closure dates for 2017/2018 will need to be increased by two days as the employer had not included the two December stats in their previous calculation.  The previously anticipated July closure will be moved to August per the majority request at our previous meeting.

The union will continue to discuss possibilities for mitigating the impacts of these cuts on our members, based on the feedback provided at our recent membership meetings and communicated by some of you via email. We will also be discussing the employer’s plans for the impending layoffs, which must be done in accordance with the collective agreement. It should be noted that all of this information relates to the proposed budget which will be submitted to IRCC, and is subject to their approval and possible amendment.

As further information becomes available I will provide further updates and call additional meetings as needed. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns either by email or phone at 604-473-3859.

In Solidarity,

Stephen Von Sychowski
Union Representative

Reply-to email: 
svonsychowski@moveuptogether.ca
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