/
/
/
/
/
Deal ends Qualicum Beach lockout

Deal ends Qualicum Beach lockout

QUALICUM BEACH – The month-long lockout of Qualicum Beach municipal workers is over. The town of Qualicum Beach has now agreed to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract with its unionized workers. CUPE members ratified the deal last week.

The 4½-year agreement contains the modest two-per-cent annual wage increase sought by the union since their last contract expired in 2013.  The increase is in line with recent settlements in neighbouring communities.

The 65 members of CUPE Local 401 will return to work tomorrow. CUPE 401 president Blaine Gurrie said “now our members can get back to what we do best – helping to keep Qualicum Beach the great community it is.”  

The approval ends the first labour dispute in Qualicum Beach’s history – one the union says was “totally unnecessary.”  The challenge now, said Gurrie, will be to try to rebuild the longstanding respectful relationship the town and its workforce had before the lockout.

In reaching the new collective agreement, the town accepted that its last-minute demand for an exempted position was not part of the contract negotiations.  Both sides now agree that issue will be dealt with through the BC Labour Relations Board if the employer decides to proceed.  

The settlement came late last night, just hours before a Labour Relations Board hearing was set to begin on a bad faith bargaining complaint against the town.

 

 

 

 

 

cope491   

 

 

Share this
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

Latest News

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

May 20, 2022
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated…
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated...

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

May 19, 2022
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents…
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents...

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

May 18, 2022
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers….
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers....