Labour alert: If you or anyone you know deals with Pacific Blue Cross, you can help the locked-out members by only filing paper claims (instead of online ones) while this labour dispute is on. Here’s the email we received today…..
Notice to Pacific Blue Cross members
As you know, members of CUPE Local 1816 have been involved in a lengthy labour dispute with Pacific Blue Cross over the company’s decision to claw back retiree benefits for current employees. PBC has refused to withdraw this serious concession and will not attend the bargaining table unless the union concedes it.
Since July 7, these workers have been locked out by the company. During this period, all benefit claims for PBC members have been processed by non-union exempt employees of Pacific Blue Cross.
Members looking for ways to support CUPE 1816 are being asked to forgo using online services of Pacific Blue Cross and instead submit their claims by paper only via postal service. While this may result in payment delays, it is the Local’s belief that this action will hasten a resolution to the labour dispute and a return to normal service levels.
CUPE 1816 wishes to thank PBC members who have shown their support in various ways, including attendance at the picket line.