The City of Vancouver and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15 have ratified a four-year agreement covering 3,700 clerical, technical, and administrative employees.
The agreement, ratified today (November 7) by Vancouver city council, includes a 1.25 percent wage increase for 2012, a 1.75 percent increase in 2013 and 2014, and a two percent increase in 2015. The term of the new agreement is from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015.
According to a news release issued by the City of Vancouver, the agreement also addresses long-standing issues regarding hiring and layoff processes, and gives the city increased flexibility to deliver services without incurring overtime costs.
CUPE Local 15 president Paul Faoro said in a statement on the union's website earlier today that members employed by the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Park Board, and the Ray-Cam and Britannia community centres had voted Tuesday to accept a tentative deal for a renewed collective agreement.
The negotiations for a new contract began in February. The previous agreement expired on December 31, 2011.