Thursday, August 23, 2007

Vancouver's Settlement Offer #1

The City of Vancouver presented two settlement offers Thursday stating:
"The first of the two offers is the settlement which successfully ended the CUPE strike in the District of North Vancouver."
Beyond the standard wages (17.5%) and term (5 years) the District of North Vancouver agreement includes a clause on Auxiliary Scheduling.
"At the Rec Commission, a joint committee will examine scheduling auxiliaries by seniority in the Building Services section"
Full details of the successful North Vancouver agreement are posted below.
"The City has set a time limit of Wednesday August 29 at noon, for CUPE to respond."
SOURCE: Fairness for Civic Workers

August 7, 2007



Coverage for non-pharmacare drugs and trades adjustments are two highlights of the settlements reached by CUPE Local 389 with the District of North Vancouver and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission.

Members of Local 389 showed great discipline and solidarity as they walked picket lines for a fair deal.

The GVRD Labour Relations Bureau was involved at these tables, but the settlements with the District of North Vancouver and North Vancouver Recreation Commission were achieved only after strong job action and solid settlements in non-Bureau municipalities.

Here is a summary of the settlements for both the District and the Rec Commission:

Term: 5 year term. January 1st. 2007 to December 31st. 2011

  • January 1st 2007 – 3%;
  • January 1st, 2008; - 3%;
  • January 1st, 2009 – 3.5%;
  • January 1st, 2010 – 4%;
  • January 1st, 2011 – 4% .

Extended Health Benefits Coverage: Effective January 1st, 2008, the Extended Health Plan will include coverage for non-pharmacare drugs

Trades Adjustments: Effective January 1st, 2007 rates of pay for Trades II and Trades Foreman classifications will increase by $1.00 per hour. Effective January 1st, 2008, these rates will increase a further 50 cents per hour. For District of North Vancouver Mechanic positions that now receive $40 per month tool allowance, the tool allowance will be eliminated and rates of pay will increase by 50 cents per hour.

Benefits Premiums: At the Recreation Commission, the employer share of premium for Medical Services Plan, Extended Health, Dental and Group Life benefits will increase to 70% from 65%

Eligibility for Extended Health: New Regular Full-Time employees will be eligible for medical and group life benefits the month following employment

Requalifying for Benefits: At the District, returning Temporary Full-Time employees who have previously qualified for benefits and are rehired will be eligible for benefits the first month after re-employment

First Aid Premiums: For the District, the OFA Level II premium will increase to $125 per month from $85 per month and to 80 cents per hour from 55 cents. OFA Level III premiums will increase to $145 per month from $100 and to 95 cents per hour from 65 cents

Reclassification Adjustments: Effective on ratification, the Accounting and Budget Clerk classification at the Rec Commission and three bylaw and parking enforcement classifications at the District will all be improved by 1 pay grade

Vacations: The pro-rated monthly value of 15 working days annual vacation will be provided to employees in the first calendar year of service

Family Illness Leave: Family illness leave will be increased to 3 days per year

Safety Boots: At the District of North Vancouver, all Regular Full-Time outside employees will receive $25 per year for safety work boots. Those on the paving crew will receive $100 per year (with receipts)

Public Holidays: At the District, the employer may designate 4 statutory holidays per year where employees who work on those days will receive time and a half pay and one day off (as opposed to regular pay and 1 and half days off)

Auxiliary Scheduling: At the Rec Commission, a joint committee will examine scheduling auxiliaries by seniority in the Building Services section

Shift Premium: At the Rec Commission, the Building Services Assistant classification will be added to the list of classes eligible for shift premium

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