City of Courtenay and CUPE Local 556 Ratify Collective Agreement

June 22, 2015

Joint media release issued by the City of Courtenay and CUPE Local 556:

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 556 and the City of Courtenay are pleased to announce the ratification of a new four year collective agreement. The terms of the agreement include several housekeeping changes, a few benefit and allowance improvements, and two percent wage increases each year from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

“I’m pleased that a mutually agreeable resolution has been achieved that gives us labour stability and predictability,” said Mayor Larry Jangula. “The terms of this collective agreement are in line with those of other similar communities. I’d like to thank the members of the bargaining committees on both sides that worked so hard on this agreement.”

CUPE representative David Craven noted, “On behalf of CUPE 556, our members look forward to continuing to serve our community and maintaining a positive working relationship with the City of Courtenay.”

The agreement applies to approximately 135 inside and outside workers, including full-time, part-time, casual, and summer students.