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City and CUPE 1004 ratify agreement

January 16 2013

Snow-covered trees at City Hall

The City of Vancouver Council and CUPE Local 1004 have ratified a four-year agreement covering approximately 1,600 outdoor workers. The term of the new agreement is 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2015.

The new agreement provides a modest wage increase that strikes a fair and balanced outcome for workers and Vancouver taxpayers: 1.25 per cent for 2012, 1.75 per cent in each of 2013 and 2014, and two per cent in 2015.

The increases track below Vancouver’s rate of inflation as projected over the term of the agreement.

Under the new agreement, the City gains improvements in the ability to deliver services without incurring overtime costs and for the management of disability benefit costs. The parties have also addressed long-standing issues regarding hiring and layoff processes.

Over the past four years, the City has worked with CUPE Local 1004 to implement significant organizational changes that transform the way we do business for our citizens and businesses. Those efforts will continue under the new agreement.

The previous agreement expired on 31 December 2011.

Negotiations for a new contract began in February and continued the parties’ work to rebuild a constructive relationship following the 2007 labour dispute.