SECHELT — CUPE 391 members working at the Sechelt Library and the Sechelt Public Library Association Board have ratified a new collective agreement.
The four-year, no-concessions deal includes wage increases of 1.25%, 1.4%, 1.6% and 1.75% respectively. Improvements to contract language include better bereavement leave, reduced probation time for casual and part-time employees and improvements to vision care and medical benefits. The new agreement is retroactive to July 1 and expires on June 30, 2018.
“We enjoy a collaborative working relationship with the board and the library director,” explained CUPE 391 President Gerard Batty, adding, “By working directly with the employer we were able to quickly and effectively negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement that satisfies both parties.” Batty said his members are “looking forward to continuing to provide quality public services to the residents of Sechelt.” The negotiations were completed over two days of talks.
CUPE 391 is a composite local, representing public library workers in Gibsons, Sechelt and Vancouver. This collective agreement covers 13 members at the Sechelt Public Library.