LOGAN LAKE, BC, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - A civic strike that would have affected
district services from snow and garbage removal to recreation services has
been averted. This morning the 11 district workers, represented by CUPE 2587,
voted to accept the agreement, which was ratified by District of Logan Lake
Council in an emergency meeting yesterday.
"The new contract addresses the wage concerns of the workers and meets
the recruitment and retention needs of the employer," says chief negotiator
and CUPE national representative Tom O'Leary.
The primary issue in this round of negotiation was wages.
The agreement includes a 12 per cent wage increase over 4 years
(3 per cent increase in each year) and an $1,800 upfront income allowance to
ensure that for the duration of the contract district workers' total
compensation is competitive, addresses recruitment and retention concerns, and
is reflective of the current regional labour market.
"We are pleased that a contract was achieved without job action," says
O'Leary. The workers were in a legal position to strike as of 2:30 p.m. today.
The term of the new contract commenced on January 1st, 2008 and expires
on December 31st, 2011.
For further information:
For further information: Tom O'Leary, CUPE national representative,
(250) 862-6131; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258