BURNABY — After more than 18 long months without a contract, United Way of the Lower Mainland reached a settlement with their unionized staff.
CUPE 1760 ratified a four-year collective agreement Tuesday, with no wage increases for 2011 and 2012 and a two per cent increase in each year starting in 2013. The union also negotiated gains on ensuring pension solvency and extended health benefits to workers over 65. The employer will now provide a flexible monthly stipend to those working over 65 to help offset the cost of a health benefits package (depending on whether they are single or in a couple).
“This allows us to recognize not just young workers, but those at the other end of the age spectrum,” said CUPE 1760 president Jeff Tsai. “It’s consistent United Way’s focus on seniors, one of our three main priority areas.”
CUPE 1760 represents more than 70 workers at the Burnaby office of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.