In total, the MoveUP union, which represents 34 employees, began the strike, of which Picketing is a member. The company also stated that it had made an offer to the union that fulfilled or exceeded agreements with other B.C credit unions and remained open to a return to the bargaining table. 34 unionized workers, represented by MoveUp, began the employment action rotation at the two Vernon sites of the VantageOne Credit Union on Monday, December 14, 2020. Workers are demanding basic job protection and equitable security. (Jennifer Smith – Vernon Morning Star) Strike action takes place outside the two unionized offices of the VantageOne Credit Union in Vernon. On its website, MoveUP says union members voted 100 percent in favor of a strike on November 27, and on December 1, a press release said it had issued a 72-hour strike notice. The union said VantageOne`s 34 unionized employees recently voted 100 percent in favour of strike action and also voted 100% in favour of rejecting the employer`s attempt to make a final offer. The old collective agreement between the union and the employer expired on November 30, 2019. The collective agreement between the union and the employer expired on November 30, 2019.
Slusarenko also stated that VantageOne did not fill the union positions of union members and instead hired management to assume these roles and responsibilities. The 32nd Street headquarters has been closed to the public since the beginning of the pandemic. The Okanagan Landing site has remained open because it is not a trade union branch. MoveUP represents more than 12,000 union members of public and private sector companies in Western Canada. «If the employer is firm in its refusal to include the most basic language of occupational health and safety, this should be a wake-up call across the community,» said Christy Slusarenko, Vice President of MoveUp, which represented unionized workers. On its Facebook page on December 15, the union said: «We want to bring the employer back to the bargaining table while minimizing the impact on customers. We are grateful for your support of yesterday`s picket line and we hope to support you if the work continues. «For us, it`s not so much about wages,» said Slusarenko, the union`s vice-president. «We hope that the employer will give us a language that protects the work of the bargaining units and the members who do this work.» Slusarenko says the language of the contract the union is looking for is a simple and uniform tariff in collective agreements.
«We are seeing the work of union members shrink in many ways,» Slusarenko said. «For us, it really shows that this organization is a bit unionized, it wants to get rid of union members and future safeguards.» «As a financial institution, we value our employees very much, so it`s disappointing to see the action and see how the union characterizes the situation.» In their fight for job security, union members said they would be on strike for as long as it took for the employer, «with something worth discussing coming back to us,» Garie said.