Township ratifies deal with CUPE employees

Spallumcheen ratifies a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with its Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) workers.

There’s labour peace in the Township of Spallumcheen.

The township has ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with its Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) workers.

The deal calls for a 5.5 per cent wage hike over the three years of the deal, which expires Dec. 31, 2014.

“We’re excited about the deal,” said Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown. “They realized it was a fair settlement at this time with the way the economy is. We still wanted to give them something because they’re hard workers who do a great job.”

Workers will receive a two per cent increase for 2012, retroactive to Jan. 1. There will be a 1.5 per cent hike in 2013, and two per cent in the final year.

“We’re happy with the agreement,” said Reg Duggan, a Spallumcheen public works employee who sits on the bargaining committee. “It’s not what we wanted but things are tough. Everybody voted in favour. There was nothing in there that we wanted to strike for, that’s for sure.”

There are nine CUPE members employed by the township.