Union, Comox Valley Regional District agree on contract

The Comox Valley Regional District and the United Steelworkers have reached agreement on a three-year contract.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-1937 have reached agreement on a three-year contract covering unionized regional district employees at the Comox Valley sports and aquatic centres.A tentative agreement was reached in March, and was sent for a union vote on April 1, with the union recommending acceptance.  The membership voted 75 per cent to ratify the agreement.The agreement runs from Feb. 1, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2015, and provides for benefit improvement in the first year, and wage increases of two per cent in the second year, and 2.75 per cent in the third year.  The previous collective agreement expired Jan. 31Union, Comox Valley Regional District agree on contract.”There are always a few bumps in the road when negotiating a new collective agreement but the fact that 75 per cent of the membership voted in favour of the agreement tells us that both sides did a good job of negotiating this agreement,” said Rick Wangler, bargaining agent for the USW.“We are also pleased with the outcome of the negotiations,” said Debra Oakman, the CVRD’s chief administration officer. “We achieved improvements in areas such as the probation period, and the process of scheduling of work and vacation.”Approximately 73 employees are covered by this agreement.— Comox Valley Regional District

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