Harrison municipal workers gain new collective agreement

    HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Municipal workers in the
Village of Harrison Hot Springs recently settled a collective agreement with
the Village. Following council ratification in early October, CUPE 458
membership ratified the three-year contract on October 16th. The new agreement
will be in effect until December 31, 2010.
    "The climate at the bargaining table reflected the strong desire, by both
parties, to reach a deal and get to the business of providing quality services
to the residents of Harrison," said Elaine Heistad, CUPE bargaining committee
chair. "We look forward to putting the difficulties of the past few years
behind us and moving forward to harmonious labor relations."
    The new deal allows for 3 per cent in the first year, 3.5 per cent in the
second year and 4 per cent in the third and final year. Included in the
package are improvements to dental, vision care and the direct pay drug card,
along with cost allowances for safety equipment.
    The contract also includes an employer commitment to work with the CUPE
458 on two issues: establishing a modified work-week that would bring greater
flexibility to work hours and instituting whistleblower protection to defend
employees who report wrong-doing from reprisals.

    CUPE 458 represents inside and outside municipal workers in Harrison Hot
Springs who provide public and municipal services including parks and
recreation, public works, landscaping and horticulture, sanitation, water and
waste water and municipal administration.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine Heistad, Unit Chair, Local 458-Harrison
Hot Springs: (604) 796-2125

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