City Of Port Alberni Collective Agreement
In addition to protecting the elderly for casual and temporary workers, the new agreement includes improvements in visual services, eyeglasses and dental benefits and provides for wage adjustments of 2.25 per cent, 2 per cent, 2 per cent, 2.25 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively in the five-year contract, according to the union. The new five-year contract is retroactive to July 2018, when the previous agreement expired. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 118 and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (CADRD) in Port Alberni, B.C. ratified a new collective agreement on July 25 that concluded a 10-month negotiation that began in October 2018. Frustrated by the lack of progress in the negotiations, the ACRD workers adopted a strike vote almost unanimously in March. Union members began in June with limited employment measures, but withheld a full strike until a final attempt to reach an agreement, according to CUPE. “While much remains to be done, these negotiations have introduced new protection for long-term temporary and casual workers, which has been our goal from day one,” said Stacy Watton, President of CupE 118. “We are pleased that the parties are gathering in time to avoid a strike.” Introducing new protections for temporary and casual workers: CUPE The creation of seniority and rights for casual and temporary workers has been a point of friction between the parties throughout the negotiations. Union members were frustrated that long-term temporary and casual workers were spent on outside employees, even after years of work at the CRD, according to the union.