CUPE 1004 and City successfully "tweak" Foley's recommendations: Tentative agreement to be voted on by union on Sunday

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - CUPE 1004 President Mike Jackson is proud to
announce that his bargaining committee and the City of Vancouver met today and
reached a tentative agreement which will be voted on by union members on
    "We are pleased to announce that we had a productive session with the
employer today and have successfully tweaked Foley's recommendations," says
CUPE 1004 President Mike Jackson. "The result is a tentative agreement we can
recommend to our members."
    The parties agreed to improved benefit coverage in a number of areas:
acupuncture coverage, increased vision care coverage from $300 to $450,
benefit coverage to begin after the first month of employment rather than
after the first six months.

    There were a number of other adjustments to Foley's recommendations:

    -   A joint committee to address the assignment of overtime was
    -   The Olympic partnership agreement was adjusted to include an
        expedited dispute resolution process and system for assigning Olympic
    -   Areas of feasibility (horticulture, golf courses, sanitation) were
        identified for the compressed workweek committee.
    -   Return to work agreement includes extension of time limit to return
        from 10 days to 14 days.

    CUPE 1004 represents Vancouver's 2,000 outside workers. They have been on
strike since July 19, 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Jackson, CUPE 1004 President: (778)
908-8070; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications: (778) 229-0258

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