City of Richmond and CUPE reach tentative deal

Four-year deal includes wage increases, improvements to benefits

The City of Richmond in British Columbia and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 718 have reached a tentative agreement.

The four-year deal for the inside workers includes wage increases of 1.25 per cent, 1.75 per cent, 1.75 per cent and 2 per cent in each year of the contract. In addition, workers will enjoy some improvements to their benefits and adjustments to the grievance process.

“We are pleased to have concluded negotiations and to have reached a fair and reasonable deal for our members,” said CUPE 718 president Robert Gilchrist. “However, this was a particularly difficult round of negotiations, one which has unfortunately strained the relationship between the two parties. This contract is the best we could achieve at this time and moving forward it will provide some security and protections for our members.”

CUPE 718 represents about 900 inside municipal workers at city hall, community centres and swimming pools.

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