CUPE 1816 ratifies agreement with Pacific Blue Cross

New six-year contract includes wage increases, preserves retiree benefits: Union
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/20/2017
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The contract came with a return-to-work agreement that will see PBC’s 600 employees back on the job Sept. 18. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Worker at Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Burnaby, B.C., ratified a new collective agreement Sept. 10 that includes annual wage increases, preserves retiree benefits and establishes a health and welfare trust to be managed by joint union-management trustees.

The six-year contract — ratified at a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1816 meeting — includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent for year one (retroactive), 1.75 per cent for year two, and two per cent for each of the final four years.

The contract came with a return-to-work agreement that will see PBC’s 600 employees back on the job Sept. 18.

“It has been a long and difficult struggle for this contract, but we are very happy with the result. We feel that the new agreement addresses the main concerns we had raised, so we had no hesitation in bringing it back to the membership,” said Beth Miller, CUPE 1816 president.

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