Spallumcheen signs deal

The township and its 10 Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2709 members have a new contract.

There’s labour peace in Spallumcheen.

The township and its 10 Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2709 members have a new contract.

It’s a five-year deal, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, that will see wage increases of 1.7 per cent in each of the five years.

Employees have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2014.

“The parties negotiated through 2015 and were unable to reach an agreement,” said township administrator Corey Paiement. “The parties agreed to mediation by the Labour Relations Board of BC and this occurred in November 2015.”

The parties were unable to reach an agreement and the mediator provided his recommendations to the parties, who accepted the recommendations.

“We’re happy to have a memorandum of understanding,” said CUPE’s Greg Ingram. “There were some difficult times during bargaining. The biggest thing is a commitment from both parties to engage in market comparison in terms of wages.’

The deal also includes wage adjustments for three classifications, some minor language changes and some housekeeping items.