Details of Burnaby civic deals released: CUPE 23 members ratify



    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Burnaby civic workers voted overwhelmingly
today to accept the tentative agreements recommended by their bargaining
committee. The agreements were reached in direct talks between representatives
of the City of Burnaby, the Burnaby Public Library Board and CUPE 23.
    The deals include many improvements that were identified as priorities by
the 2,000 public employees of Burnaby - such as pay equity gains for library
workers, trades adjustments and job evaluation.
    "The vote shows our members are happy with this settlement," says Rick
Kotar, CUPE 23 president. "We set out to make headway on important issues such
as library pay equity and adjustments for the trades and that has been
accomplished."
    "I give credit to our employer, who was willing to work through issues in
a respectful, competent and professional manner and our members for their
strength and solidarity," says Kotar. "Now we're going to be able to move
ahead to continue delivering the high quality public services Burnaby is so
well known for."
    The settlement shares the same wage and term as the deals reached
recently in Richmond and Delta with CUPE Locals 394, 718 and 454, that is a
17.5 per cent wage increase (18.76 per cent compounded) over a five-year term.
    "Direct face-to-face talks with our employer were key to this
settlement," says Kotar. "Burnaby listened to our issues and concerns and we
listened to theirs and we both did not let Vancouver or the GVRD Labour
Relations Bureau get in the way of issues that are important to us and our
community."
    Bureau representatives were present in the room during the final direct
talks, but only as observers.
    Burnaby City Council is scheduled to vote on ratification at its regular
meeting Tuesday, August 7th, 2007.

    For a list of the settlement wage, benefit and provision details, please
see:
    http://www.fairnessforcivicworkers.ca/www/news/Details_of_Burnaby_c





For further information:

For further information: Rick Kotar, CUPE 23 president, (604) 298-0200;
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258

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