ACRD, CUPE ratify new deal

The ACRD has approved a new collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 118.

The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has approved a new collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 118.

The ACRD board app-roved the agree-ment in a closed meeting on, Oct. 28 and the CUPE membership ratified it on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The agreement covers a three‐year term from 2015–2018 and includes wage increases of 1.75 per cent annually. The new agreement includes various housekeeping amendments but no changes to employee benefits.

“The agreement presents a fair wage increase for our employees while respecting the need for prudent budgeting,” said ACRD board chair, Josie Osborne. “We are investing in the ACRD’s greatest asset, its employ-ees.”

Stacy Watton, President of CUPE Local 118 said it was a respectful and productive round of bargaining. “We achieved a fair deal that includes improved recognition of and protection for casual and temporary employees and we look forward to providing great services to the regional district over the term of the agreement.”