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January 4, 2019, 10:11 am

Comox Valley Regional District and United Steel Workers Approve New Collective Agreement

Comox Valley Regional District

COURTENAY - The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and United Steel Workers (USW) Union Local 1-1937 both ratified the new collective agreement late December 2018. 

Negotiations began in January 2018 to address amendments to the Collective Agreement. In November, a mediator was assigned to assist discussions in reaching a collective agreement between the CVRD and its recreation facilities staff, represented by USW Local 1-1937. On December 11, 2018 a tentative agreement was reached with ratification from both parties occurring December 21, 2018. 

“We are pleased to be moving forward with this agreement to continue enhanced service at our recreation facilities,” said Julie Bradley, CVRD Executive Manager of Human Resources. 

The new four year agreement will provide USW staff with a labour market adjustment in the second year to move their wage rates closer to similar positions in other regional recreation facilities.  The third and fourth year of the agreement have a 2% wage increase in each year. 

“On behalf of the USW bargaining committee, I would like to thank the CVRD bargaining team and the CVRD board for collectively bargaining a successful contract,” stated Shelley Siemens, Business Agent for the United Steelworkers Union.

The collective agreement will be revised and will be available when ready on the CVRD website at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/collectiveagreements 

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

CVRD Media Contact:
Julie Bradley, Executive Manager of Human Resources
Tel: 250-334-6022

USW Local 1-1937 Media Contact:
Shelley Siemens, Business Agent for the United Steelworkers Union
Tel: 250-956-4312

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