Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Contract Talks Approaching Soon

When Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 118 Tofino's contract expires on Feb.28,2012 I expect that they will be looking for a substantial wage increase. In the last round of negotiations they accepted a 0% settlement after being informed by the District of Tofino bargaining representative that there simply wasn't any money to pay for a small increase.Now that it has been revealed what outrageous amounts the District of Tofino pays out in upper management salaries, that argument won't fly.I have confidence that the new Council will come up with a fair and equitable settlement.The inflation rate for Canada in 2011 was 2.9 %.

From the CUPE website : VICTORIA—Eleven CUPE bargaining units have ratified new three-year collective agreements with their respective employers and the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association (GVLRA).

CUPE 50, CUPE 333, CUPE 374, CUPE 410 and CUPE 1978 were all notified on December 14 that the GVLRA had voted in favour of ratifying the agreements. Included in the agreements are wage increases of two per cent in each of the three years, as well as a few minor improvements to benefits.

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