SURREY, BC, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Civic workers in Surrey voted overwhelmingly
(89%) today to accept the tentative agreement recommended by their bargaining
committee. The City of Surrey does not employ the GVRD Labour Relations
Bureau, but instead negotiated this agreement in direct talks with CUPE 402.
City of Surrey Council unanimously ratified the agreement on Friday, August 3,
"Clearly our members are happy with this settlement," says Laurie Larsen,
CUPE 402 president. "We set out to get a fair contract with important
improvements and the city agreed that certain improvements were necessary and
beneficial. This agreement is the result of some good hard bargaining."
The settlement shares the same wage and term as the contracts reached in
Richmond, Delta, Burnaby and North Vancouver, that is a 17.5 per cent wage
increase (18.76 per cent compounded) over a five-year term. It also includes
many improvements that were identified as priorities by the 1,700 city workers
- such as improved benefits like vision care, expanded vacation time, and
better shift pay.
Civic workers in Richmond, Burnaby, Delta and North Vancouver have also
ratified their agreements. Details of the North Vancouver settlements have yet
to be released as the union local (CUPE 389) is waiting for the North
Vancouver Recreation Commission Board to first ratify the agreement some time
Details of the collective agreement signed between the City of Surrey and
CUPE 402 can be found at:
For further information:
For further information: Laurie Larsen, CUPE 402 president, (604)
230-3757; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258