Creston Valley library workers ratify new agreement

CRESTON – CUPE 4959 and the Creston Library Association have signed off on a new collective agreement that includes a range of provisions and expanded benefits that will have a positive impact on families in the Valley, the local said today.

“We want to acknowledge the positive relationship with Creston’s new Chief Librarian, Saara Itkonen,” said CUPE 4959 President Gail Southall. “We hope this agreement and the productive discussions at the bargaining table will help those good relations continue well into the future.”

The revised agreement includes new language covering a wide variety of important topics. Some new provisions address precarious work and introduce leave for workers required to care for sick family members as well as those who have experienced domestic violence. The new contract also expands existing benefits to include same sex partners, and introduces new policy and procedures to prevent or respond to workplace harassment.

“Workers are especially pleased with the addition of leave and benefit provisions, as well as the measures to address precarity,” said Southall. “Ultimately, each of these provisions strengthen our community by providing necessary support to families, which—in a small town like Creston—can have profound, positive, community-wide impacts.”

The five-year agreement features a 10-per-cent cumulative wage increase in addition to other adjustments resulting from changes to the minimum wage in British Columbia. Workers at the Creston Valley Public Library have been working without a contract since the past agreement expired in December of 2017.

November 29, 2018

CUPE 50 – City of Victoria workers – have new Collective agreement

From CUPE BC website:

City and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 50 Ratify Four Year Collective Agreement

VICTORIA, BC – The City of Victoria and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 50 have ratified a new four-year collective agreement for the period of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

Terms of the agreement include wage increases of 1.5 per cent in the first year and 2 per cent in each of the following three years. There are also improvements in pay and benefits specific to auxiliary workers, and new provisions that will see the City and CUPE forge partnerships with local educational and trades training institutions to support co-op work placements and apprenticeships.

The general wage increases are consistent with negotiated settlements in other B.C. municipalities covering the same time period, including White Rock, Squamish, Vancouver and the Comox Valley Regional District.

The new agreement represents the first independently-negotiated collective agreement between the City and CUPE Local 50 in more than 40 years. It was ratified by CUPE Local 50 on September 27 and by the City of Victoria late yesterday afternoon. The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents the City’s largest union with close to 850 members.

“The ability to negotiate directly with our workers has resulted in a collective agreement in line with others across the province, new opportunities for students and apprentices, and an unprecedented four-year agreement,” said Mayor Helps. “I’d like to thank union leaders and management for their hard work together in reaching this collective agreement.”

“We are pleased to have concluded this round of respectful bargaining,” said CUPE 50 President John Burrows. “Negotiating directly with the City allowed us to have clear discussion about issues our members are facing, which better enabled us to negotiate an agreement that not only benefits city workers but also helps improve community services. We look forward to continuing to partner with the City to deliver quality public services to Victoria residents and businesses.”