BCSPCA Victoria Branch workers ratify collective agreement

    VICTORIA, May 23 /CNW/ - Members of CUPE 50 ratified a two-year
collective agreement with the BCSPCA on Wednesday, May 21. It is expected that
the employer will ratify the agreement soon.
    John Burrows, president of CUPE Local 50 said, "This settlement was
reached after 17 months of bargaining with the help of Labour Relations Board
mediator Grant McArthur."
    The collective agreement provides wage increases of 2.5% January 1, 2007;
2.5% January 1, 2008; and 0.5% April 1, 2008. Kennel assistants, shelter
assistants, and wildlife assistants will get a $1 per hour across the board
increase, effective January 1, 2008. Effective August 16, 2007 the new
agreement includes stand-by pay of $100.00 per week for those on call.
    "We were hoping for a three or four year collective agreement," adds
Burrows. "Workers showed an incredible amount of patience - because of their
dedication to their jobs and concern for the animals, they held back on job

    Local 50 includes approximately 25 women and men who provide care for
injured and abandoned animals for the SPCA and the Wild Arc in the Greater
Victoria area. The agreement is in effect from January 1, 2007 to December 31,

For further information:

For further information: John Burrows, President CUPE Local 50, (250)
385-6023; Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications, (604) 454-7293

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