VANCOUVER- (BUSINESS MANAGEMENT) -CUPE 15 members working in the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks, Britannia Center and Ray-Cam Cooperative Center ratified a three-year deal with City last week. The agreement with retroactive effect until 1 January 2020 is valid until 31 December 2022.
CUPE 15 President Warren Williams noted that the negotiations, although lengthy, were respectful. “We are pleased that we were able to obtain a compensation package that was acceptable to our members, ”Williams said.
In addition to benefits enhancements, including contraception and coverage of household languages, the contract addresses gender-specific contract languages. Workers will receive wage increases of .5 percent retroactively until January 1, 2020 and a further 1.5 percent on December 31, 2020 (a total of 2 percent in 2020); as well as increases of 2 percent on January 1, 2021 and 2022.
“I would like to thank the CUPE 15 negotiating committee and the Vancouver City negotiating team for all their hard work in reaching this agreement, ”Williams said.
CUPE 15 members ratified the agreement on June 10, and the city of Vancouver ratified on June 11, 2021. This agreement covers approximately 3,500 members who provide a wide range of services to Vancouver residents, including administration, parks, street work and signs, planning, and so on. .
In total, CUPE 15 represents over 7,000 workers at 18 employers in Greater Vancouver who provide public services that keep neighborhoods safe, healthy and vibrant.