The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has approved a new collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
The agreement covers a six-year term from 2015 to 2020 and calls for a wage increases of two per cent annually. The new agreement includes various housekeeping amendments, as well as some clearer language around work scheduling in an effort to better manage overtime costs. The agreement includes no changes to employee benefits.
“We will have stability within our organization which is something every local government strives to achieve,” said Rhona Martin, CSRD chairperson.
The contract received 95 per cent ratification among union members.
“The new collective agreement balances the needs of our CUPE employees and the financial pressures before the regional district,” said Cliff Doherty, CUPE unit chairperson.