DELTA, BC, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Delta civic workers voted today to
overwhelmingly accept the tentative agreement recommended by their bargaining
committee. The agreement was reached in direct talks between representatives
of the Corporation of Delta, the Delta Police Board and CUPE 454, and includes
a host of improvements that were identified as important to the 800 public
employees of Delta - such as improvements for auxiliaries, benefit
improvements and trades adjustments.
"There is no question that Delta public employees are happy with this
outcome," says Darryl Robison, CUPE 454 president. "It is with confidence and
assurance that we are valued employees, that we continue to provide the high
quality public services we deliver everyday to the residents of Delta."
Robison attributes the success of this round of negotiations to the
courage of his members, politicians, employer representatives and the
community in pushing up from "under the thumb of the Bureau and against the
influence of Vancouver."
The new collective agreement shares the same wage and term as the deal
reached between the City of Richmond and CUPE 394 and CUPE 718, namely a
17.5 per cent wage increase (18.76 per cent compounded) over 5 years.
"Direct talks with our employer are what opened the door for real
bargaining to take place," says Robison. "They were able to hear our issues
and we were able to hear theirs, because local people are interested in local
issues and we all share and care for the same community."
GVRD Labour Relations Bureau representatives were present in the room
during the final direct talks, but mainly as observers.
The agreement was unanimously ratified by Delta Council on Monday,
July 30, 2007.
For details of the ratified collective agreement, please see:
For further information:
For further information: Darryl Robison, CUPE 454 President, c: (604)
690-4564, office: (604) 943-4526; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, c: (778)