Delta employees to vote on last offer to avoid labour disruption



    BURNABY, BC, June 28 /CNW/ - After more than three months of negotiating
in good faith with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 454),
the Corporation of Delta tabled its last offer that includes a wage increase
of 9.75 per cent over a 39-month period (10 per cent when compounded) and a
number of contract enhancements.
    "Delta CUPE employees need to realize that voting no to the last offer
will not result in Delta returning to the bargaining table," said Stewart
Peddemors, Chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau.
"The offer to CUPE employees has exhausted Delta's bargaining mandate as
approved through the Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau."
    Members of the Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau are
mindful of current negotiated settlements, cost of living and economic
indicators, and the ability for taxpayers to fund services.
    "We are concerned that if CUPE Local 454 chooses not to accept this last
offer there will be a labour disruption that impacts the Corporation of
Delta's community services," added Peddemors.
    On June 26, Delta put in a request to the Labour Relations Board for the
employees to vote on the last offer. The Board has not set the vote date, but
it is expected to occur next week and the Labour Relations Board will be
supervising the vote.
    The tabled offer in Delta matches what civic workers have received in
Port Moody - three per cent wage increases this year and in 2008, and 3.5 per
cent in 2009. Another .25 per cent is included for the final three months of
the 39-month agreement, from Dec. 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

    About Negotiations

    The Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau bargains more than
60 collective agreements on behalf of its members and associated
organizations. The negotiators in the Collective Bargaining Division work with
staff from the member municipalities and other organizations to conclude
agreements covering over 15,000 employees across the GVRD.
    The negotiators in the Collective Bargaining Division work with staff
from the member municipalities and other organizations to conclude agreements
covering more than 15,000 employees across the GVRD.
    This is a complex set of negotiations. Currently, there are seven
employers and five CUPE locals that are bargaining in mediation with the
Labour Relations Bureau. At this time, approximately seven thousand Lower
Mainland CUPE employees are believed to be in a position for potential labour
disruption.
    The following employers that are in negotiation are: the City of
Vancouver; the City of Burnaby and Burnaby Public Library; the City and
District of North Vancouver, North Vancouver Recreation Commission and North
Vancouver City Library; the Corporation of Delta and Delta Police Board
(civilian); the City of Langley; City of White Rock; and City of Vancouver
Park Board.
    The Corporation of Delta and CUPE Local 454 have been negotiating a new
collective agreement in active mediation for the last month. The existing
collective agreement will remain in effect until a new agreement is
renegotiated or unless there is a labour disruption.
    Within the Greater Vancouver Regional District are the cities of Burnaby,
Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Pitt
Meadows, Vancouver and White Rock, the Districts of North Vancouver, Maple
Ridge, West Vancouver, the Corporation of Delta and the Township of Langley.
    The following employers have not yet begun bargaining: City of Coquitlam;
Township of Langley; District of Maple Ridge and City of Pitt Meadows; and
City of New Westminster.
    The following employers and union locals have reached a new collective
agreement: CUPE 825 (inside and outside) with City of Port Moody and City of
Port Moody Police Board (civilians).
    For more information on municipal bargaining visit:
www.municipalbargaining.ca

    
    Media Materials available:

    -   Municipal Bargaining question and answer sheet
    -   BC reported CUPE settlements and other recent settlements chart
    -   Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau backgrounder
    





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For further information: Yvonne Yuen, Wilcox Group, (604) 488-1100

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