The new five-year agreement is retroactive to July 2018, when the previous agreement expired. The Union of Canadian Public Employees (CUPE) 118 and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) in Port Alberni, B.C. ratified a new collective agreement on July 25 concluding a 10-month negotiation that began in October 2018. In addition to seniority protection measures for casual and temporary workers, the new agreement brings improvements in eyesight, eyeglasses and dental benefits, as well as salary adjustments of 2.25 percent, 2 percent, 2 percent, 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent on the five-year agreement, the union said. “While much remains to be done, these negotiations have achieved new senior protections for casual and temporary long-term workers, which was our goal from day one,” said Stacy Watton, President of CUPE 118. “We are delighted that the parties have come together in time to avoid a strike.” The creation of recognition of seniority and rights for casual and temporary staff was a point of friction between the parties throughout the negotiations. Union members are frustrated that long-standing and skilled temporary and casual workers are being ignored in favor of external hires, even after serving the ACRD for years, the union said. Frustrated by the lack of progress in the negotiations, ACRD employees adopted an almost unanimous strike vote in March. Union members began in June with limited labor actions, but refrained from launching a full strike until a final attempt was made to reach an agreement, CUPE said. Creates new protection measures for temporary and casual workers: CUPE. . .

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