Tuesday, November 6, 2012

TRU and CUPE Local 4879 ratify agreement #bcpoli

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

TRU and CUPE Local 4879 ratify agreement

VICTORIA - Thompson Rivers University and CUPE Local 4879 have ratified a four-year agreement providing for modest wage increases within existing budgets, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The new collective agreement covers about 600 support staff working in positions such as system analysts, accountants, cashiers, bookstore clerks and buyers, registration and admissions clerks, maintenance and utility staff, library technicians, ancillary staff and Open Learning support staff.

The four-year agreement includes zero-per-cent wage increases for the first two years, April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012, consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and a two-per-cent general wage increase in each of the third and fourth years, April 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014, consistent with the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

The B.C. government has been clear that there is no new money to fund wage increases and there is no desire to download these costs onto families or future generations. The Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases funded from savings within existing budgets, not adding costs to taxpayers and ratepayers, and not sacrificing services.

Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.

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