About 170 city workers in Langley, B.C., represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2058, ratified a new collective agreement with the city on July 22.
Negotiations were respectful, said Andrew Brown, president of the local CUPE chapter, who added that the deal provides stability and certainty for the city and its workers.
As part of the settlement, city staffers will get improvements to general leave and union security. Temporary full-time employees will also get better provisions surrounding seniority rights.
The wage adjustments in the four-year contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2015, are consistent with other settlements in the region of Vancouver, according to the city.
Workers are set to receive a 1.25 per cent rage retroactively for 2012, 1.75 per cent in 2013 and 2014, and two per cent in 2015.
“The new collective agreement meets the needs of both the City of Langley and our employees,” said Ted Schaffer, Langley’s acting mayor. “My fellow council members and I look forward to continuing to work in conjunction with our dedicated staff to provide quality services and build a vibrant, healthy and safe community for our citizens.”
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