/
/
/
/
/
CUPE 118 and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District ratify new agreement, establish new protections for temporary and casual workers

CUPE 118 and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District ratify new agreement, establish new protections for temporary and casual workers

PORT ALBERNI – CUPE 118 and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District have ratified a new collective agreement concluding a ten-month negotiation that began in October 2018. The new five-year agreement is retroactive to July 2018, when the past agreement expired.

“This agreement is a direct result of ACRD workers standing strong, united in solidarity behind their bargaining committee, seeking fair treatment of casual and temporary staff,” said CUPE 118 President Stacy Watton. “While there is still work to do, these negotiations achieved new seniority protections for long-serving casuals and temporary staff, which was our goal from day-one.”

Creating seniority recognition and rights for casual and temporary staff was a point of friction between the parties throughout the negotiations. Union members were frustrated that long-serving, qualified temporary and casual workers were being passed over in favour of external hires, even after devoting years of service to the ACRD.

Frustrated over lack of progress in negotiations, ACRD workers passed a near unanimous strike vote in March. Union members began limited job action in June, but held off initiating a full strike pending a last-ditch effort to reach a settlement.

“ACRD workers are proud to service the communities in which they live and work, and wanted to exhaust all options to find a solution before disrupting service to residents,” said Watton. “We are pleased that the parties came together in time to avert a strike.”

In addition to seniority protections for casual and temporary workers, the new agreement features improvements to vision, eyeglass and dental benefits, and features wage adjustments of 2.25%, 2%, 2%, 2.25% and 2.5% respectively across the five-year agreement.

CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, is Canada’s largest union with more than 97,000 members in B.C. and over 680,000 coast-to-coast. Local 118 represents 230 members working at the District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, City of Port Alberni and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

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....