City, CRD workers reach labour deal

The City of Victoria and CUPE Local 50 have reached a new three-year collective agreement.

The new contract, ratified Oct. 20, includes an annual two-per-cent wage increase. The last collective agreement covered Jan.1, 2007 to  Dec. 21, 2010, and included a three per cent annual wage increase.

CUPE Local 50 represents about 700 regular and auxiliary workers, earning a total of $27.7 million this year. By 2014, that will rise to $29.4 million.

John Burrows, the local contact for the union, did not respond to requests for information from the News.

On Oct. 21, CUPE also announced a tentative agreement for Capital Regional District municipal workers. CUPE local 1978 represents approximately 500 workers.

Neither of the settlements, negotiated by the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association, have been officially announced.

That's because not all GVLRA bargaining units have settled, explained Murray Bush, national communications representative for CUPE.

"They don't announce any of them until all of them are done," he said.

Expect an announcement in the first week of December.


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