POWELL RIVER - The Powell River Regional District and its CUPE members have ratified a new collective agreement.
The settlement was achieved after five days of bargaining. The agreement reflects the priorities of both parties to treat employees fairly and with respect, and to recognize the financial realities of the Regional District.
Settlement highlights include improvements to paramedical benefits and sick days and wage increases providing an 8.5 per cent lift over five years. The agreement also recognizes CUPE members’ right to be represented by their union.
“CUPE 798 members are pleased that we had a respectful round of bargaining and that we were able to achieve an agreement that recognises the value and commitment of Regional District employees while providing stability to the community,” said CUPE 798 President Danielle Craigen.
Powell River Regional District CAO Al Radke remarked, “The Regional District is happy that productive discussions shaped the way for a tangible product; one that is long-term and acknowledges the challenges for a small local government, yet still respects the bargaining unit membership”.
The Powell River Regional District provides an array of services including regional park maintenance, fire protection, land use planning, emergency preparedness and solid waste management. CUPE 798 represents 18 workers in the district.